Reported by Heather Strenzwilk
Sometimes I find the coolest art supplies where I least expect it. I discovered Fadeless Safari Prints Paper by Pacon at a teacher’s store. The 24 sheet pack of lightweight textured paper featured giraffe, tiger, zebra, cheetah, alligator and snake patterns. The patterns are single sided and the texture matches the pattern (snakeskin, animal hide, etc.)
According to the packaging, this product is acid free, fade resistant and laser and inkjet compatible and are idea for scrapbooking. I can’t speak for the fade resistance because I made my projects a short time ago. To test the inkjet compatibility, I printed some text on a sheet of giraffe paper using my HP Photosmart 3210 printer. Due to my carelessness, I also printed text on the back of the paper. I ran the same sheet through the printer a second time (with no difficulties) so it would print on the correct side. Since the paper is textured, the texture is of course reversed on the plain, unprinted side and I noticed the text was darker and more solid on the unprinted side.
This paper is of a similar weight to text weight paper, but with slightly less body (crispness when folded). It was quite easy to roll the paper into beads and I only needed a small drop of liquid glue to fasten the end. I think the texture helped keep the bead together and hold the glue.
Wrapping lightweight book board with a piece of the cheetah paper was easy. The lightweight paper was easy to use and didn’t get bulky in the corners like a heavier paper. Additionally, the paper help up well for tearing and being punched with a Japanese Book Drill. The only slight issue I had was when I punched circles using a hand punch and the circles all had a ragged area which was more likely due to my punch with the lighterweight paper.
I prefer an adhesive tape runner for most projects like this but because of the textured surface, I found a glue stick to work better for this project. I also noted that I was able to carefully lift the sticker to move it without damaging the zebra layer under it. While this was helpful to me for my project, next time I might use some double stick tape to secure a sticker.
I really like Fadeless Safari Prints Paper by Pacon because of the unique textures and its suitability for various projects. This is a fun way to add a touch of Africa to your next project.
- Lightweight paper which is a good weight for projects such as books or paper beads
- Uniquely textured
- Wide variety of patterns
- Single sided print
- Difficult to find the product in retail stores (but it is widely available online)
Have you tried Fadeless Safari Prints Paper? What did you think?
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