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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 Dayton, OH
Comments about Crescent No. 100 Cold Press Illustration Board:
I just graduated from high school so now I have to fend for myself and get my own art supplies. I love illustration board and the thickness of this one makes it very durable. I suggest for those who want this board and they like to cut it into smaller sizes should also get a good trimmer/cutting table.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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My go-to illustration board
from Humboldt, TN
I buy the 24 ply because I like the fact that it doesn't flex and is heavy and rigid enough to hold its shape after framing. I primarily do elaborate pencil drawings, and this board stand up to multiple erasure and doesn't "dent" easily. I would like it to be made in 16 x 20 size in addition to 15 x 20, which I buy in bulk, because I would like it if I didn't always need to use a mat to fit the frames at 16 x 20.
Great product & fast shipping
By Events are my specialty
from Palm Desert, CA
I was not certain if this illustration board would work as well as I hoped for the type of project I was doing, but I was not disappointed. The boards were perfect for the art. The markers did not bleed and the colored pencils went on smoothly and covered well. I would recommend this product and this company as well, as the purchase process was easy, the shipment was on time and the quality was great.
from Franklin, TN
I will be buying this from now on
Pretty tough stuff.
from Altoona, Pa
I use this board for gesso, I get minimal warping so the final product holds up nice.
from Seattle, wa
It was fine but the shipping caused a dent in the box. Luckily none of the boards were damaged.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
crescent Illustration board
from West Palm Beach, FL
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.
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.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
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.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
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...
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