The 7 Best Papers For Colored Pencils Reviewed
- Legion Stonehenge Pad. The highest rated and most widely respected paper for colored pencils on our list comes from Legion. ...
- Canson XL Series Mix Media Paper Pad. ...
- Moleskine Art Sketchbook. ...
- Fabriano Artistico. ...
- Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Vellum Pad.
Smooth Bristol board is a brilliant white paper with a shiny toothless drawing surface. It is fine for markers, pen and ink, and airbrushes but not so great for a pencil drawing.
Best Paper for Prismacolor Pencils
- Strathmore 400 Series Medium Surface.
- Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth Pad.
- Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. Paper.
- Mi-Teintes Pastel Pad.
- Arches Watercolor Block.
- Tips for using Prismacolor Pencils. Blender Pencils. Layering. Bristle Brush. Keeping your pencils right. Conclusion.
For creating fine art drawings with colored pencils, I'd generally recommend heavier paper that is at least 160 gsm or higher.
Bristol generally describes a drawing paper that is glued together under pressure to form multi-ply sheets. Bristol sheets provide a stiff, strong surface to work on without the need for mounting.
If you like to use solvents or wet media with your colored pencils (which is common with watercolor pencils), you need consider buying a heavyweight paper. If the paper is lightweight, it will warp and buckle when it absorbs moisture. Look for a heavyweight paper that is at least 300 gsm or 140 lb.
If you're interested in drawing on a board, the Canson Pure White Drawing Art Board is great value and suitable for wet media and colored pencils. The paper used is both acid-free and lignin-free, which is as archival as you can get without using 100% cotton paper.
The terms Bristol and Bristol boards generally mean the same thing and can be used interchangeably. Our 300 Series Bristol is a single-ply, board-weight sheet that has the weight and caliper (thickness) of a 2-ply Bristol.
Bristol paper is completely smooth (which is important when coloring with markers or even inking illustrations with a fine tip pen) – the lack of texture helps the ink appear smooth and sharp. However, add watercolor paint to this paper and you are going to have absolutely no control of your paper.
Although you can paint on Bristol paper with some precautions, it is generally used for drawing. The paper is made of 2, 3, or 4 ply and is stiffer than regular drawing paper. You can paint it by getting the thickest ply available and taping it to a board to prevent warping if you wish.
Strathmore Bristol Vellum
Medium textured, random surface that is slightly more pronounced, (peaks and valleys slightly further apart than drawing paper), enabling paper to handle very soft graphite pencils.
Regular Bristol paper texture is smooth and most often used for detailed drawings. Bristol vellum is not to be confused with the more translucent drafting paper vellum. Bristol vellum is rougher in texture, somewhat similar to cold-pressed watercolor paper.
Drawing. Drawing paper is a heavier, and better-quality paper than sketching paper. It is commonly used for sketching and finished work. The ideal mediums used with drawing paper are graphite, charcoal, dry monochromes, soft pastel, oil pastel, markers and pen and ink.
The Prisma cream gives a softer brightness in a way that isn't as sharp as white and that doesn't impact or detract from the other colors. However, with the Faber Castell cream that little bit more yellow in it provides brightness but not that same softness of the Prisma cream.
The higher pigment content in professional quality colored pencils (such as Prismacolor), combined with a core made of wax, clay and other ingredients, makes Prismacolor Colored Pencils softer than normal colored pencils.
Get smooth color by careful layering.
Draw each layer so carefully that the color needs little or no blending. For the smoothest color, use light pressure through several layers. Each layer you add fills in the tooth of the paper more, creating steadily smoother color. You can use heavy pressure to get smooth color.
This cardstock is not an ideal paper for colored pencil so I wouldn't go to my paper man and say give me paper with tooth because he might not know what I'm talking about. What're the words I would use at my paper store? Usually they refer to smooth or vellum so those this paper would be a smooth.
For detailed artist drawings, we recommend using a smooth paper, such as Bristol board, Strathmore toned pads, Hot Press Watercolour Paper or textured Pastelmat. Polychromos Pencils adhere to many rough surfaces too, such as wood, stone, leather and metal.
Watercolor paper is obviously great for water-soluble colored pencil work, but it can be also used for dry pencil work, as well as a combination of both. The texture of the paper plays a significant role in defining your artwork, however, so be prepared.
So the best paper for watercolor pencils is, you guessed it, watercolor paper. You need a paper that will be strong enough to handle the water. Thinner papers or papers not made for watercolor will buckle or even tear.
The short answer is that yes, some of them do. Some colors are notorious for fading. Pinks and purples, for example. It doesn't seem to matter the brand or type of pencil, these colors are subject to fading.