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When the longevity of cotton fibers is not required, both intermediate and professional artists recommend the Strathmore 400 Series Bristol.
Regular (Vellum) surface works well with pencil, charcoal, and pastel. Smooth surface is ideal for detailed ink work, and is also suited for pencil and marker. Both surfaces are excellent for airbrush.
Acid-free. 22" × 30".
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.
To view a PDF of the Strathmore Dry Media Paper Guide, please click here.
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My favorite paper for drawing and mixed media projects.
By Illustrator Josh
from Shawnee, OK
Comments about Strathmore 400 Series Bristol Board:
I create mixed media illustrations for children's literature.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Exactly what it says it is
This Bristol is good for general purpose artworks that require a smooth surface. Very little tooth. Pencil and ink work very well, charcoal less so, however I've made charcoal work on this surface several times before.
A Fine Product
from Carrizozo NM
As a freelance cartoonist and illustrator, I've been using the Strathmore 400 series 2-ply smooth surface Bristol Board for more than 30 years. It is ideal for the purposes to which I put it, both for retaining a sure and solid ink line, and for holding bright colors.
By Lord Starscream
Great paper. Thick, firm, smooth, and makes awesome wavy sounds when you wave it. Works great with graphite and ink. Terrific for big projects and nice artwork despite being "student" quality paper. I highly recommend.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Taking my art to the next level
from Charlotte, NC
Finally taking my drawing and watercolor to a more professional ground. Love the Strathmore Bristol board for its smooth surface, and the way it takes my watercolor without drinking or pulling. Gorgeous product and I will buy again
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Swarm V or Tinnitus Sucks
Tags: Colored Pencil, Cicada, Pen, Picture of Product, Bristol Board, Made with Product, Using Product, Ear
from Madison, GA
I bought this to use for illustrating a book. I'm very happy with the quality and the quick service.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Quick delivery, carefully packaged, great quality
By Joan C
from Dallas, TX
Strathmore Bristol 400 series paper. I use this paper for high quality colored pencil drawings. My order arrived quickly and in perfect condition. I can get the same paper at a brick and mortar store in my area, but their salespeople act like you're interrupting their day when you're ready to check out, so I vowed to find another source for this paper. I will order from Blick again.
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Detail of one of my colored pencil pieces
Tags: Strathmore Bristol Paper, Made with Product
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Manhattan, ks
I was most impressed with the person I dealt with in the ordering process. She made the process more like a conversation and made me feel she knew well what she needed to do. I don't remember her name but she did her job well.
from Montgomery, AL
I used the product for ink work, pens, india ink and stamping. It has a great smooth surface and the pens especially look nice on the paper. The only thing I would look out for is keeping your hands off the bristol while you work. It has buckled in a few places from where my hand was.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent for comic work!
from Cambria, CA
Buying Strathmore 400 series bristol 4 PLY is a great purchase for illustration. The key is 4 PLY! It is near the heft of illustration board but still usable on a light box when necessary. At the same time it is heavy enough of a board that it holds up under a heavy application of wet media i.e. ink and or watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil etc. The smooth surface provides a terrific surface for slick lines and textured dry-brush alike. and it is great to draw on because you can erase and erase without damaging the surface texture. One drawback in buying large sheets is having to cut them down yourself. However, one 22x30 sheet yields three 11x17 standard size comic boards or two 15x20 standard illo board size pieces when cut properly. Worth an hour of time to trim them up and possibly use some for oversized work when needed.
Selecting a paper is one of the most important decisions an artist will make that will influence the outcome of their work. Strathmore Artist Papers are known for their quality, consistency and performance and come in a vast array of styles in a range of good, better, best, and premium quality. There is a paper for every level of artist and for every artist's needs.
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