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Created in 1893, this 100% cotton fiber, acid-free bristol is an industry standard.
It's available in Vellum and Plate surfaces. Plate (Hot Press) is unsurpassed for fine pen and pencil work, allowing flat and even washes. The Vellum (Cold Press) surface is designed for pencil, colored pencil, soft to hard charcoal, hard pastel, and oil pastel. It is also suitable for washes and gouache. Both surfaces are excellent for airbrush.
Note — Some sizes are cut down from larger sheets. Therefore, the sheet you receive may not have watermarks.
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.
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My favorite drawing paper
from Chicago, il
Comments about Strathmore 500 Series Bristol Pads:
I have tried many papers for graphite pencil drawing, and the Bristol 500 series, plate finish, is now the one I use exclusively. It can take many layers, show fine detail, and feels great to the touch. I teach high schoolers periodically, and try to introduce them to this paper as much as I can.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By Lawrence Fishberg
from Bronx, NY.
Great to draw on.
I use this paper for graphite and colored graphite pencil drawings. I love the textures it gives with the graphite, and it is sturdy enough to do light washes with my tinted graphite without warping or buckling. Great product.
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Strsathmore 500 Series Bristol Board
from Plainfield, New Jersey
I've been using this paper for almost ten years and it's always great.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
good quality paper but not my favorite
I wanted to like this paper, but I find that I can't layer colored pencils in the same manner as the Strathmore 400 series (vellum). I'll stick with the Strathmore 400 series in the future. This is a good quality paper and may work for others.
Always my go-to paper for graphite drawings
from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Bristol vellum surface is perfect for layering graphite....just enough tooth to hold the substance, but without texture that overpowers the image.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent for graphite
from Trenton, NJ
I would recommend Strathmore's 500 Series bristol board - both "vellum" and "plate" surfaces - to any serious or aspiring graphite artist without hesitation. I can't vouch for its workability in other media, but I have found both the more toothy vellum and the ultra-smooth plate surfaces to be excellent for different types of work in graphite. Both take erasers surprisingly well, although you shouldn't expect miracles, and the graphite lays down very evenly. Blending is easier with the vellum (it's warmer, and nice for more expressive blocks of light and shadow. I like it for furry and feathery creatures)...but I love the freedom of the super smooth plate surface - no tooth inhibiting pencil flow at all, and the very shiny surface is nice for certain types of work. Strathmore got it right with the bristol board.
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Horse Portrait on Vellum
Love the board and Blick
By Art With An attitude
from Nampa, Idaho
I have used Strathmore 500 Bristol for years. I use it for my colored pencil drawings and it holds up well with lots of layers and burnishing.
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Colored Pencil on Strathmore 500 series bristol
For Oil Pastel Artists
from Salem, OR
I make abstract oil pastel pictures. The smooth, solid surface of Bristol Boards provides easy flow across the surface, allowing maximum of free, spontaneous movement of the pastel sticks and palette knives. The board is always working with me. A joy to use.
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By Botanic artist
from Denver, CO
Excellent for pen and ink!
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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