FAQ: What Coloring Books Have The Best Paper?

Best paper to print coloring pages on for colored pencils?

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The most common question that I am asked is -“What paper do you print your coloring pages on?“

I’ve printed my digital coloring pages and books on a variety of papers over the years, ranging from cheap copy paper to more expensive artist quality watercolor paper, and I usually choose the medium I want to use first u2013 pencils, markers, or watercolors u2013 and then print on that style of paper.

Which paper is the best for me and the pencils that I own?

By no means am I a coloring or paper expert; the results of my experiments with paper and pencils simply reflect how I color and what feels good to me.

You can see the swatches for each paper below.

The colors produced by different types of pencils vary depending on the type of paper used; you’ll notice that some papers have a more vibrant color, while others have a toothier color, while others have muted colors or even black and white results.

Factors to consider when choosing paper to print coloring pages?

Continue reading to learn more about purchasing paper for your digital coloring pages.


Many types of paper are expensive, and the quality of the paper as well as your intended use for the product can influence how much you spend. For example, I like to print out coloring pages and color them for my own practice and enjoyment, and I frequently use the cheapest copy paper.

Printer Size

There are differences in standard paper sizing between the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia; if the paper is too thick, some home printers will jam or chew up the pages; always test first by purchasing a single sheet, if possible, before investing in a pad or ream.

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Cotton/Wood Pulp

Wood pulp paper is generally less expensive than cotton paper, but it is also less durable and long-lasting. It can withstand layering and erasing. For my needs and budget, wood pulp-based paper is fine.


The smooth surface will not allow the colorist to build as many layers and depth as the vellum surface will. Both finishes can be used for coloring your pages and it really is a matter of personal preference.

Color Choices

Coloring on Kraft paper, for example, will make the white stand out even more, and using a warm color will add another dimension or complement to your coloring. Canson Mi Teintes has pads that contain a variety of colors in one pad.


If you want to sell or give your coloring pages as gifts, you’ll want to use archival paper that’s acid-free.


The weight of a ream of paper is usually calculated by weighing 500 master sheets (a ream) in the basis size of the paper. For example, if you weigh 500 master sheets of our 400 Series Watercolor paper in the 22″x30″ size on a scale, it should weigh around 140 pounds.


Due to shortages and restocking delays, I’m having trouble finding the art supplies I want locally, so I’ve been buying them online, and items I’ve ordered from the US this year have taken 3-4 months to arrive.


I wanted to choose papers that fit within my budget, printer, were readily available, and suited the way I like to color, so I narrowed my list down to Canson Mi Teintes, Art Spectrum Draw, and Prismacadias.

What is the best paper for coloring books?

Actual watercolor paper will give you the best results, as long as your printer can handle it. With super thick paper, such as watercolor paper, a flat feed is required. Many colorists who print on watercolor use student-grade watercolor paper sold in pads, such as Canson.

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What kind of paper is in coloring books?

Because coloring book pages are meant to be filled in, they are usually made of uncoated paper with enough surface texture to “pull” color from crayons, colored pencils, and other drawing media.

Which coloring book is better?

Adult coloring books’ best markers

  1. Pros.
  2. Staedtler Triplus Fineliner. Pros.
  3. Crayola Fine Line Markers. Pros.
  4. Sharpie Color Burst: Ultra Fine Point. Pros.
  5. Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen. Pros.
  6. ColorIt Dual Tip Art Markers. Pros.
  7. PrismaColor Premier Double-Ended Art Markers.

What is the best paper to use with PrismaColor?

Prismacolor Pencils on the Best Paper

  • Strathmore 400 Series Medium Surface. Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth Pad. Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. Paper. Mi-Teintes Pastel Pad. Strathmore 400 Series Medium Surface. Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth Pad. Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth Pad. Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth Pad. Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth Pad. Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth Pad. Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth Pad.

How many pages should my coloring book have?

Creating a Coloring Book A coloring book typically has 16 to 60 pages of black-and-white interior line art, such as the page above from Joni McCracken’s Color Your Essence.

Which paper is used for Printables?

The most commonly used printing paper is A4 paper, which measures 210mm x 297mm and comes in a variety of weights and coatings, ensuring that there is an A4 paper suitable for any printing job.

How do you make homemade coloring books?

It’s time to get started!

  1. Start drawing. Coloring books have bold black-and-white pages.
  2. Scan. Once the pages are finalized, scan them.
  3. Print. Print all of the pages in the same size.
  4. Make a Cover. Adding a cute cover ties your coloring book together.

Are coloring books profitable?

They were extremely popular and profitable, and they appeared out of nowhere: in 2014, 1 million coloring books were sold; in 2015, 12 million were sold; and in the first months of 2016, coloring books drove sales in the craft and hobby category up 133 percent.

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What colors do adults use?

Colored pencils are one of the most popular mediums for adult coloring books because they can be shaded, allowing you to make one side darker and the other lighter or add fine details within a single spot of color.

Can you use alcohol markers in coloring books?

Because the ink spreads quickly on the paper, I recommend using a feather-light touch when using alcohol markers in my coloring books. If you press hard, or even let the nib of the marker rest a tad too long on the paper, the ink will most likely spread more than you intended.

What kind of paper do you use for Prismacolor pencils?

Strathmore produces a number of Bristol papers, all of which are suitable for colored pencil work. Bristol paper typically comes in two surface types: smooth and vellum; the vellum surface is traditionally preferred for colored pencil work because it has a bit more texture and tooth than the smooth surface.

What type of paper should you use for colored pencils?

Any hot press watercolor paper will work with colored pencils, but the Legion Stonehenge Paper, with its vellum (medium) texture, is a favorite among colored pencil artists. Finally, the Strathmore 500 Bristol Board is ideal if you prefer a smooth texture.

What paper do you use for watercolor pencils?

The best paper for watercolor pencils is, you guessed it, watercolor paper. You need a paper that can handle the water; thinner papers or papers that aren’t designed for watercolor will buckle or even tear.

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