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Strathmore Toned Sketch Paper Pad, 24 Sheets GrayAlthough I have used colored pastel paper before, this was my first time using toned sketch paper. I did not expect this smooth paper to have the same layering ability as the rougher pastel grounds since it is clearly marked as a sketch pad, but I was able to layer much more than I had expected. I tried charcoal, pastel, and pastel pencils in a variety of combinations, and I have to say that the paper is pretty versatile for being so smooth. I would recommend it for studies and expressive pieces where heavy layering is not necessary. The mid-tone gray is really nice and allows for a wide range of values. I intend to try the tan version next, and I was happy to find that there are 50 sheet sketchbooks available in this line too.
Strathmore 80 lb Assorted Color Pastel Paper Pads
As with its Canson counterpart, this Strathmore paper will not hold up to extensive layering, but one can create a variety of painterly effects with the help of a workable fixative as necessary. While the paper is suitable for finished pieces, its low price makes it perfect for studies and experimentation, so you can save your pricey sanded and velour papers for your master creations.
|One of my WIPs using the cream shade |
of Strathmore pastel paper