Review – IKEA Drawing Paper on a Roll

screenshot of the paper roll måla from IKEA.

I bought this roll of paper at IKEA 2 weeks ago, but now I can’t find it on their homepage. Go figure. 

I’ve decided to still write the review incase it’s still available in your area or comes back, as they sometimes do at IKEA. 

This might sound like an odd one to review, but today we’re reviewing IKEAs drawing paper on a roll.

You see, some time ago I needed some paper as a base for the “ReYa 15 Years” art exhibition currently doing the rounds at libraries in Sweden. I needed it to be at least 40×50 cm as that was the size of my frames.

But first some facts: 

  • width 45 cm, length 30 m
  • cost 29 SEK approx €2,8 at IKEA
  • article number: 803.240.72, series MÅLA

I needed to be able to write directly on the background paper, our pictures would be attached to and I also needed it to be cheep, but look ok. 

It’s easy to cut of with a scissors and I found the width of it to be just right for easy handling. Over all I found the paper was an ok paper for the price, 29 SEK. 

My one big problem with the paper is with bleed. Now this might not be a problem for most people buying the paper, as it is for young children, but if you buy it to write crisp text on it, be warned. 

As long as the pen was in motion and not slow over the paper, it wasn’t much of an issue, but the moment you hesitate or slow down, it start to bleed, really badly. 

So, I did a test with a bit of paper, so everyone can see for themselves:

Pens and watercolour on IKEA paper, a test.

From the top

  • watercolour, Schminke and Daniel Smith applied with a no name water containing brush. 
  • Pink and purple Pilot Frixion highlighter, pretty dry ones. 
  • Sakura Micron 03 pen
  • Black BIC Atlantis pen
  • Pilot 0.3 pencil 

As soon as you have a medium or pen that is wet in any way, you start seeing trouble with this paper. The Macron pen bleeds, the highlighters, even though they where very dry and I didn’t press the pens very much, instantly damaged the paper and the watercolour also damaged the paper. The watercolour didn’t damage the paper as much as the highlighters and the paper was still not dry after 10+ min even though I hardly used any water on it. Using a dryer technique with the watercolour (the red lines) gave a much better result. 

As you can see with the Macron lines, as long as the pen is in fast motion, there is no problem, but hold the pen still (the black blobs) or pull the pen slowly (the second straight line and the wiggly lines) and your lines start to bleed. 


It’s a good paper if you’re using it as a background paper or for dry pens, but I’d be careful with anything wetter. It’s clearly a drawing paper so it’s a little bit funny to me they called it “Måla”, Swedish for painting, they should have called it “Rita”, drawing.



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