Pens for writing in your Blurb book

If you plan to write in your book--for example, a guest book, yearbook or coloring book--you'll want to consider the paper type as well as the pen you use. Below is some info that may help you decide.

*We recommend you order a swatch kit and write on each paper type yourself with a variety of pens. That way you can test them out firsthand.*

Pens: to minimize smudging and show-through, some Blurb customers recommend a pen like the fine point Sharpie or an archival ballpoint pen.

Uncoated papers have no coating, so it's easier to write on them with a variety of pens, pencils, or even crayons.

  • If you're making a Trade Book note that all Trade papers are uncoated. 
  • If you're making a Photo Book we have two uncoated paper: ProLine Uncoated and Standard Layflat.

Coated papers have a silk, matte or semigloss coating depending on the paper type.

  • You can write on coated papers but ink may be more likely to smudge before it dries due to the coating.  
  • All of our Photo Book papers, as well as our Magazine papers, are coated, with the exception of ProLine Uncoated and Standard Layflat.

Remember, we recommend you order a paper swatch kit and test out different pens to see what works best for you. 

 

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