When it comes to creating quality art, the supplies you use are obviously very important. The paints, pencils, and acrylics that you use are just the start, as you also need the right paper for your project. From prints to postcards, you need something that is both durable and right for the job at hand.
So, consider the type of paper you need. Those using pencils and pastels might choose something with a rough texture, for example, while those who prefer to use paints might opt for something with a smoother surface.
When choosing paper, it is also important to remember that it is weighted in gsm or basis weight lbs. The weightier it is, the thicker it will be, which is especially important for those working in watercolors. Thicker paper won’t wrinkle or curl from the water used, so when working in such a medium, it is useful to use a weight guide when choosing the paper for your project.
At Paper Papers, we sell a wide variety of quality paper that can suit all of your art and craft needs, so browse our selection to learn more about the types and qualities of paper we have available.
What Paper Is Right For You?
When working on an arts and crafts project, it is sometimes useful to experiment with different types of paper. However, you don’t want to waste money on something that is inappropriate for your needs.
So, think about the type of art you want to create.
If you’re using water-based media, such as watercolors, you might opt for hot-press, cold-press, or rough paper. Each has its pros and cons so it is worth committing to research first. Hot-press paper has a smooth and hard surface, which is great for detailed work, although some people find it too slippery. Cold-press has a semi-rough surface, and while this is preferable to some, there are those who don’t like the textures peeking through. And rough paper has a textured surface, which is good for those who want to use the indentations on the page, but not so good for those who need tighter control over their brush marks.
These types of paper can also be considered for other types of art, including drawing. And if you are somebody who prefers to use a pencil over a paintbrush, you might opt for cotton paper as your material of choice. It is durable and can cope with a lot of erasure so is ideal if you need to correct any mistakes while you work. However, most types of paper are suitable for drawing or sketching but be sure to opt for something heavier if you’re doing a lot of shading and blending in your drawings.
You can check out the full range of quality paper we have available on our website pages. From cardstock paper, which is often used by those looking to create postcards from their art to linen paper which is ideal for those who incorporate digital printing, you will find everything you need here.
Get in touch with us if you would like specific information on the paper that suits your chosen style.