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Blotting paper is a paper without glue that has the objective of absorbing fresh ink. The name blotter originates from the time of feather pens, where people depended only on ink cartridges, and for the paper not to be all smudged, the blotter was used to absorb the ink, that’s why it takes that name.

The paper used in the blotter is a kind of filter, which absorbs any fresh paint or other type of liquid. The poet Mário Quintana himself has an excerpt from his poetry that talks about the blotter: “The blotter absorbs everything and at the end of life ends up confusing the things he went through … the blotter looks like people!”


The greatest use of blotting paper was as an ink absorber, when pens or fountain pens were used in writing. The paper was used at the end of writing a letter or document to absorb excess ink that had not yet dried or when a spill occurred to prevent the spread of the stain.

The sheets of blotting paper , either on individual sheets, or aggregated in an oscillating piece were part of the typical office supplies until the end of the seventies.

Chemical analysis

The blotter paper is used in chemical analysis as stationary phase in chromatography thin layer. This type of paper is made from clean cotton.


Certain drugs, mainly LSD, are distributed on blotting paper . In this case, the drug, in liquid solution, is absorbed by the blotting paper, which is cut into individual doses and distributed to consumers.


The blotter paper is sold as a beauty product to maintain skin health, Companies that manufacture suggest that it ” improves skin health by removing excess oil that can lead to clogged pores and pimples . This type of blotting paper application is originally from Japan and is known by its Japanese name, Aburatorigami.

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