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Crescent Cold Press Illustration Boards have a slightly textured surface, and are used primarily for illustration in a variety of media. Please see the Resources tab on this page for Crescent's recommended media applications on No. 100 Cold Press Illustration Board.
Crescent No. 100 Illustration Board is a heavy weight, professional grade board with high rag content and a medium surface. Each board is 24-ply and 0.09" (2.3 mm) thick.
Handling Charge — When ordering sheets of paper or board larger than 18” x 24” in quantities of less than 10, a $3.00 per order handling fee applies. Paper or boards may be assorted to reach the quantity of 10.
15" × 20"
38 cm × 51 cm
20" × 30"
51 cm × 76 cm
30" × 40"
76 cm × 102 cm
Crescent Media Usage Recommendations for
No. 100 Cold Press Illustration Board
5 — Highly Recommended
4 — Recommended
3 — Passable Performance
2 — Marginal Performance
1 — Not Recommended
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from West Palm Beach, FL
Comments about Crescent No. 100 Cold Press Illustration Board:
I have been using Crescent Illustration for over 40 years and found it to be the best for my type of contemporary acrylic painting. I teach and it's also the board that I use to create and instruct students while creating collage pieces. Thru the years the board has been slightly reduced in thickness that concern me at the onset but proved to be acceptable once I got use to that factor. Keep producing this great product (I might add that I have tried many other materials but always found the quality to be the best.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By claudia designer
from New York, New York
I use it for acrylic.I will start experimenting with some oil on it. Yes, I will gesso first :)But do you have the same board but in white color?I had wish it was white, because now I have to paint use white paint too.
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Crescent 100 Illustration board
from West Palm Beach, Florida
I have used Crescent 100 Illustration board for probably 45 years. I began using this product to create illustration work for the aircraft industry in the late 1970's. I used dyes and airbrush to create original aircraft renderings in numerous settings for trade shows in Washington DC and to sell individual aircraft packages (exterior and interior design) as a first look illustration to prospective clients. Through the years Crescent illustration board my favorite watercolor surface for creating original watercolors that have received painting awards (such as the Grumbacher Gold Award with the Kansas Watercolor Society Annual) and has been sold to over a thousand patrons through the greater MidWest exhibitions and art fairs. This product offers a unique surface for the rigors of wet-in-wet to dry brush technique. A surface that absorbs watercolor, dyes, acrylics, oils, pastels with a wonderful textural paper foundation. This surface is one that I create collages and it can handle matte and gloss mediums, modeling paste, scratching and scraping that are evident in my work. I'm currently doing demonstrations and teaching watercolor/acrylic classes and Crescent 100 Illustration board is the recommended and required surface used myself and the students. Hopefully the company doesn't decide to replace or discontinue this product, no other surface (and I have experimented with a number of other surfaces both in the Crescent family and others) will equal what I find in product.
from fort worth, Tx
this product came in perfect condition unlike my first order which came to me cracked on the corners and edges. I would recommend this to a friend and I will be reordering...
By Black ink.
from San Francisco
Good thick reliable board, use it for almost all my projects.
Best Illustration Board Available
from Bella Vista, AR
I use two kinds of illustration board, Crescent, and Strathmore. Both are excellent boards. The Crescent board is best for traditional watercolor paintings where you need good absorption characteristics, and an excellent surface to work on. I use the Strathmore for my multimedia using colored artist markers, gouache, and pen and ink.
Just What I Was Looking For
from Hilliard, Oh
I haven't started using the board yet, but it's the first time in a long time that I was able to find the right board. I've used this brand since high school (2006) so I'm no stranger to it. It's my favorite brand of boards.
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This is the only board I use
from Indianapolis, IN
Over the years I have tried many different substrates for my art, but the Crescent 100 board is far and away the most versatile board out there. Great for almost every media, whether it's dry or used as a base for wet media. Want a nice canvas board? Glue your linen or canvas, gesso and sand a couple times and voila! As nice a board as you can purchase pre-made, and in whatever size you need. Want a super-smooth surface? Gesso both sides (to keep from warping)and give the top side 3 coats, sanding with very fine grit paper in between. Want a toothy surface for pastels? Gesso with additives. Need to reproduce your painting? The rag top paper easily peels right off of the board so the painting can wrap around the drum for color separations. I've found that the natural tooth of the board accepts many layers of colored pencil, so long as you don't burnish, yet erases very well. It's just the best board going! Strong, durable, sturdy and I won't purchase anything else as nothing I've tried compares.
Images shared by klwade
"The One" - Acrylic & gold leaf on Crescent 100
Tags: Made with Product
"Octopus and Lionfish" - Acryl-Gouache on Crescent
Stands up to whatever you do to it!
By Artsy Musician
from Chicago, IL
The paper thickness over the backing really stands up to abuse. I recently had to rinse off the paint I had applied because it was a disaster. The board dried without warping and I was able to reuse it.
from Mount Pleasant, SC
I used for background in my Oshibana art
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