Copying drawings onto watercolor paper

Q. I’ve heard about people copying drawings onto watercolor paper using a copier, but when I tried it, the ink bled. Is waterproof ink available for home copiers?

A. Yes, I’ve heard about this, too, and have done it. Your home copier, however, probably uses water-based inkjet ink, which may be the cause of the bleeding.

Try taking your drawings and some watercolor paper to a copy shop and have them use a resin-based ink copier like those made by Xerox or Canon. That should keep the ink from smearing when you apply water to the paper’s surface.

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