Dye-based inks are great for all kinds of paper and come in a vast array of colors. Dye- based inks are permanent and quick drying. The ink soaks into the paper instead of sitting on top, therefore, a pale or white paper is best. Many are not waterproof, not recommended for use with water-based mediums, great for colored pencils and some can be used with alcohol markers. Inks are an investment. I recommend trying different inks in "mini' cubes before buying full-size ink pads. I recommend Memento Ink with alcohol markers. Dye-based inks tend to fade over time. To avoid this look for archival or fade resistant brands.