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Thread: Cheap paper?

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    Default Cheap paper?

    I'm still learning to screen print and as a student I have to do a lot of sketches/prototypes, I'm just burning money on stonehenge and arches 88. Is there a good "rough draft" quality white paper I can test on that won't wrinkle up with wet ink?

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    Ah yes, Stonehenge and Arches, I remember those. There are definitely cheaper alternatives, though you can't buy individual sheets. Cougar is a favorite around here, definitely my go-to for white cover. You can get it from papers-papers.com and it's like a dollar and a half a sheet. French Paper (dot com) is another favorite, which is more expensive but you can get them in a lot of different colors. I tend to use that as I don't like to print on white much. Make sure to get 100lb either way. I prefer both of those for screenprinting to any of the fancy papers people tend to use in art schools.

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    Most major cities have a materials recycling program for artists. You can often get very nice free paper and other materials through such a place. Ours is called Materials for the Arts. Materials for the Arts

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    Paper snobbery is one of many ways academia keeps art elitist. You don't have to play that game.
    Cougar 100# is good printing paper; very smooth, ph-neutral, dimensionally stable, cheap, and available anywhere.

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    Academia fails to keep art elitist as they keep on churning out art students. I think elite art collectors keeps art elitist.
    Cotton trumps alpha cellulose but there's no need to blow your wad over it.

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    Thank you, that is great. My local art store is going to miss my wallet, the owner runs the place and I goan inside whenever she rushes over to welcome me. She will definitely notice the next time I come and go without buying paper.

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