Here a list of Papers that I have tested and used myself. (Updating the list, with a short review, as I test new things)

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Daler Rowney HeavyWeight paper

This is my to-go paper with the Polychromos colored pencils. It has some tooth and can hold a lot of layers of color. 

For me it has no difference to the Strathmore 400er Mixed media paper but feels almost the same, and I can work the same amount of layers and so.

This is THE paper for beginners with colored pencils.

Daler Rowney Bristol Board

In contrast to other brands Daler Rowney does not distinquish their Bristol in: Smooth and Vellum. It has only this one which has a smooth finish to it.

It does not take as many layers as the HeavyWeight Paper.

Stonehenge Multicolor by Legion Paper

Some people love it, others hate this paper (which is actually true to all of papers). I tried it and it is my least favorite one. Maybe with more practice I could make it work for me, but I have a lot of other papers to choose from, so I don’t see the need for that.

Others really love it. So I would suggest: try it out yourself 😉

This pad comes with 5 different colors: Warm white, natural, cream, fawn and pearl grey.

Stonehenge by Legion Paper

Some people love it, others hate this paper (which is actually true to all of papers). I tried it and it is my least favorite one. Maybe with more practice I could make it work for me, but I have a lot of other papers to choose from, so I don’t see the need for that.

Others really love it. So I would suggest: try it out yourself 😉

Fabriano Artistico

This is the second paper on my list, that many artists seam to like – but I can’t make it work for me. Maybe I just need a little more practice.

I will use the DRAWember 2017 challenge to experiment with the Fabriano Artistico a little more.

Strathmore Mixed Media Paper

This is my favorite Paper (it is very similar to the Daler Rowney Heavyweight paper). For me it is the perfect beginners paper as it can hold many many layers, and tolerates a lot of ‘abuse’. 

Burnishing, OMS, Erasing and many other things won’t make the paper tear or buckle. So if you are on the search for a paper that can be worked on heavily: this is your choice!

Strathmore Bristol vellum

This is a nive Bristol Paper which has a little bit of tooth. I would put the vellum right between the Mixed Media paper and the Bristol Smooth. I like to work on it and did my last years DRAWember drawings either on the vellum or the smooth bristol paper by Strathmore.

Strathmore Bristol Smooth

This is a really nice Bristol Paper with a smooth surface. It holds less layers than the Britol Vellum but I really like it. Depending on the subject you draw and the technique you use, you can really create some beautiful Artwork with this paper.

My 2016 DRAWember challenge drawings were all done on the Strathmore Bristol. Both the Smooth and the Vellum finish

Online Shops in Australia:

craftonline

theartshop

Online Shops in Northern America:

Canada:

Delta art

DeSerres

King’s Framing and Art Gallery

the US:

Dickblick

Michaels

Utrecht Art

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