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  1. Patricia Hanaghan
    July 25, 2019 @ 12:41 pm

    Can’t find the pdf with your list of favorite papers…Thanks

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  2. Ali Manning
    July 25, 2019 @ 2:54 pm

    Hi Patricia – thanks for letting me know about the broken link. I’ve updated the post and you should be able to download it now 🙂

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  3. Steve
    April 7, 2020 @ 3:27 pm

    Fantastic post! But it seems more geared towards sketchbooks. What type of paper would you recommend for a journaling book? Something multipurpose, when you don’t know what type of pen/pencil the person is going to use? Thanks!

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    • Ali Manning
      April 22, 2020 @ 1:27 pm

      An option I use often is Mohawk Superfine Paper 80lb weight. That’s really nice to write on. The eggshell finish has some tooth which would well with pencil or pen.

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  4. cydney Taylor
    August 6, 2020 @ 5:54 pm

    what is a good paper to use for an accordion book which will be larger, maybe 8×10, and will stand up?

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  5. alisonmanning
    August 11, 2020 @ 10:58 am

    If you don’t want to piece together the accordion but use one long strip, I would choose a large piece of printmaking paper, such as Rives BFK or Stonehenge or a 140lb watercolor paper, such as Fabriano Artistico that measures at least 22″ x 30″. Here’s an example from Dick Blick: https://www.dickblick.com/products/fabriano-artistico-extra-white-watercolor-paper/

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  6. Peggy Enquist
    January 17, 2021 @ 12:08 pm

    I don’t understand the reason for knowing, or taking into account, the graining of the paper?

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  7. alisonmanning
    January 18, 2021 @ 9:55 am

    Great question Peggy! We need to make sure the grain of the paper runs parallel to our book spine so that the book structure functions correctly ie opens and closes properly and the pages lie flat.

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  8. Lina
    January 30, 2021 @ 9:45 am

    What about cover paper? no one ever talks about that. For example when making a one-signature pamphlet notebook what to use for the cover? Simple cardstock around 250-300gsm are usually not sturdy enough, especially not if you are using thinner paper for the signature. And if you find heavier cardstock it might break when you fold it. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!

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  9. Nancy
    March 24, 2021 @ 1:06 pm

    Hi Ali. Do you have a similar article on papers for the cover? I’m new to all the paper world. So brands, places to acquire them, etc. I will basically be making watercolor journals so have my interior paper already. Thank you.

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