(Currently waiting for clients to call back, so have some art supplies testing
) What is Stone Paper?
Stonepaper is a paper-like material, made from calcium carbonate and a non-toxic resin. Wikipedia Link
I knew of it for a while now, but never encountered empty pieces on which I could try around.
Till yesterday, when I had to stock up at the art supplies store and noticed that they had gotten a whole batch of different articles with stone paper.
So, I grabbed a very small package and tried it out today.
The first thing one notices is the plastic-like surface. It's smooth, light, generally feels nice and reminded me a bit of the white powder we used when climbing at school though.
It works great with a quill and markers. The surface is interesting to work on with alcohol based markers like copics (as you can see in my example, it's easy to work with alcohol splatters since the colours will spread fast and the paper under them does not soak through).
Sketching with pencils works well too, though erasing anything on the surface feels more challenging than on normal paper. Even after minutes of careful scrubbing the area with an eraser, there are still traces of pencil marks left.
This material is not absorbent
. At all. It's draw-on-plastic.
Positive side: The back of the paper will stay perfectly white, no matter how much you soak it in paint.
Negative side: Everything takes ages
to dry, and I often left fingerprints on the drawing. Which is not a problem I normally encounter.
Stone paper works well with thicker markers for a short time, but anything water based will drive you insane. And even the thicker markers and fine liners get problematic: The surface seems to be slightly powdery which rapidly clogged the tips of my markers and fine liners.
The 0.05 fine liner couldn't do more than maybe 20 cm of line before it stopped working. The 0.3 fine liner was better off, but started to struggle soon too.
Stone paper does not rip like paper. It's behaving more like thin plastic which stretches before ripping, if it rips at all. The thin stone paper I have here takes quite a bit of strength to damage at all. And that's just 192g/m^2 (keep in mind that this paper is made with minerals and weights a lot more than paper with linen or cellulose. So, this paper feels like maybe 100g/m^2 marker paper and with that only slightly above the average printer paper).
Plus, I am worried about the recycling. I prefer to use bamboo paper, which seems to be a lot more economic than paper made from minerals and plastic. I'm not going to buy this material again.Tl;dr:
I liked toying around with it, but it got annoying really fast.
Will not buy this again and might not even use up the nine leftover pieces on the pad.