Writing & Paper
Choosing the Right Kind of Paper
Inkjet or Laser Paper
If you’re using an inkjet printer, you need paper labeled for use in an inkjet printer. Why? Because this type of paper is specially made to absorb the liquid ink used in the printing process. Paper for laser printers is made to withstand heat. Laser printers use a coloured powder (toner) to imprint words and images on the page. The printer’s fuser rollers help to fuse this powder to the page with heat.
To ensure the best copy and images, use the paper that corresponds to the type of printer you have. While you should never use laser printer paper in an inkjet printer and vice versa, you can use multipurpose or copy paper in either machine.
Multipurpose or Copy Paper
There is no difference between multipurpose and copy paper. This economical option is best for printing text-based documents in a variety of sizes, from letter size to tabloid size. For more polished prints, use premium multipurpose paper, which usually has a higher brightness.
Recycled vs Non-Recycled Paper
Non-recycled paper, sometimes called virgin paper, refers to paper made from all new materials such as wood pulp or cotton. Any “recycled” paper that we sell is made from post-consumer recycled materials.
Finding your New Favourite Pen
Ballpoint pens use thick, oil-based inks. Because the ink is thick, ballpoints work well on finer paper with little bleedthrough. However, they do require more pressure to write, which can be tiring over long periods of time. Ballpoint pens are usually smudge-resistant, quick-drying, and waterproof.
Gel ink pens consist of pigment suspended in a water-based gel. This makes gel pens precise and vibrant. The smooth ink flow makes it easier to write for long periods of time with less pressure, so your hand won’t cramp as easily. Gel pens tend to have longer dry times, so they can smudge if you’re not careful.
Rollerball pens use liquid ink – dyes dissolved in water – which flows freely compared to ballpoint and gel pens. This thinner ink requires less pressure to write, reducing hand strain. However, using a liquid ink does mean that paper choice is important, as it will bleed through thinner papers.