Wanted: Versatile Drawing/Painting Paper

Posted on May 20, 2009 in Uncategorized

I love the look and feel of Stonehenge Cream paper. Carl Titolo introduced us at SVA and I haven’t looked back. It takes charcoal, gel pen, pencil, and ink very well. I used it for the paintings in BIRD and OUR CHILDREN CAN SOAR. For my next project, I would like to find a sturdier paper that handles color better… especially skin tones.

I’ve been looking at Arches Cover because it has a similar vellum surface as Stonehenge…not too pressed, but not at all rough.

Ideally I’d like a paper that is:
-cream or off white
-vellum surface
-neutral PH
-weighty (250 gsm and up)

Let me know what works for you, or what doesn’t!


  1. Marc Lornman
    May 20, 2009

    Check out the other papers from the guys who make stonehenge. they have a great drawing paper sampler (two, actually) that let you try a few dozen different papers. legionpaper.com is the site.

    • admin
      May 20, 2009

      Will do! Thanks~
      I bought a sheet of 260 Arches HP this evening. It’s a bit slick, but I’ll give it a go.

  2. Nicole Tadgell
    May 21, 2009

    I’m using Fabriano Artistico 140lb hot press paper these days – bright white. I prefer the feel of Arches, but I think it stinks like a wet dog. 😉

    Do you draw and paint on the same paper? I’ll draw on anything – the cheaper the better, because I can loosen up more if I’m not afraid of wasting expensive papers. Canson has a decent brand for drawing. I get most of my art supplies from dick blick or ASW. If I want to try a new product, I’ll go to the local art store (nice folks over at CC Lowell!) And sometimes Michael’s or AC Moore has stuff on sale.

    Hope this helps!

    • admin
      May 21, 2009

      I do my final drawings in pieces on tracing paper…sometimes regular Pearl brand drawing paper…the stuff that comes in a giant roll. I have one roll attached to the top end of my drawing table so I can always have a big white surface to doodle on.

      The Stonehenge is unsized and has a delicious vellum surface that takes pencil and charcoal well; however, once I stretch it sometimes the skin tones are hard to manipulate, It stains easily and there isn’t much reworking that I can do.

      I bought a sheet of 260lb Arches HP yesterday. Arches Cover is way too textured.


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