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ambie_d_d26 says:

If I want to use sharpies in a molie-would it just be best if I get a sketchbook or a watercolor mole? I know sharpies will bleed through the regular and pocket molies, but I was just curious...
7:40PM, 2 November 2007 PST (permalink)

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JohnnyG* says:

I've never put Sharpie on a watercolor version, but the sketchbook takes the extra-fine Sharpie nicely:)
89 months ago (permalink)

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.comma h. says:

Sharpies bleed through sketchbooks too. Id say they wouldnt with the Watercolor books, but drawing on watercolor tooth with markers is annoying.
89 months ago (permalink)

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tiffanyzajas says:

Sharpies do bleed through the sketchbook when oversaturated. But if you put a piece of paper behind the page you're working on, it won't bleed through to other pages. And if you want to prime the backside of the page you've used sharpies on...I hear that gesso works wonders (I'm going to be buying some myself for this purpose).
89 months ago (permalink)

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Sharon Frost says:

TheTurtleZ wrote: "Sharpies do bleed through the sketchbook when oversaturated. But if you put a piece of paper behind the page you're working on, it won't bleed through to other pages. And if you want to prime the backside of the page you've used sharpies on...I hear that gesso works wonders (I'm going to be buying some myself for this purpose)."

You might want to use a soft gesso for this purpose like Golden's:

www.goldenpaints.com/technicaldata/gesso.php

Regular gesso tends to make paper look like plastic placemats. There may be other specialized gessos around at this point. (And do think it -- no matter what it's going to make the paper thicker and a more brittle). I love to paint on gessoed (with Golden) paper sometimes.
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Sharon Frost edited this topic 89 months ago.

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tiffanyzajas says:

@sharonNYC: Thanks for the suggestion on what type of gesso to use. There seems to be a lot of different kinds out there, and now I know what will work best. Very helpful! :)
89 months ago (permalink)

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AlexiaPB says:

If you want to use "sharpies" but don't wan the bleed-thru, get the Sharpie Poster Paint pens. These are water-based paint pens that I've recently fallen in love with, they come in three different widths, and tons of colors. :)
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ambie_d_d26 says:

Thanks guys for all the information. :)

(And isn't it cool this discussion made Moleskinerie??)
89 months ago (permalink)

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