It may seem trivial and boring to discuss the best types of paper to use, but using the right paper can be detrimental to your artwork. Some artists can get by with a regular sketchbook that has essentially printer-grade paper. This finer paper is perfectly fine for pencil drawings, but it sub-par if you use other types of materials. In my experience I’ve found that mixed media paper provides the most bang for your buck.
Mixed media paper is a thicker grade than regular
paper and is more durable against erosion caused by excessive erasing (one of my chronic problems). The thicker grade is better if you prefer to use markers or watercolors. The paper will absorb more of the ink or pigment and combat running or bleeding of colors.
However, if you like to shade drawings or do multiple layers of pigment for richer color, I would still recommend using a spare sheet underneath your drawing to catch ink and keep it from bleeding through onto fresh sketchbook pages!
Malachite occurs in nearly all copper mines in the zone of weathering. It is a secondary mineral formed by concentrations of copper transported by water to a level just above the water table. Large banded masses of malachite have had important decorative and architectural uses.
The word derives from the word “mallow” meaning “green herb” which is extremely fitting for its intense and striking green color.
The mineral is an important ore of copper, and primarily forms on or near limestone. It contains bands of various colors, marking that is formed by the addition of successive layers.
Malachite has an interesting history. It has been used used since ancient times in inlay work and has also been used in carvings in churches and cathedrals.There is evidence that malachite was mined as early as 4000 BC on the Sinai Peninsula. Even the Victorians had an admiration for the stunning gem.
Malachite is also said to have metaphysical value. It is known to be a gem of of balance and virtue that is considered to be a stone of both balance and transformation. In early civilizations, the gem was worn in attempts to ward off illness and peril, and lore says that when danger is near then malachite will shatter.