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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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from Charlotte, NC
Comments about Strathmore 500 Series Bristol Board and Pads:
This paper is easily a very high-quality Bristol paper. It's considered a hot plate paper since it is so smooth. The price is comprable to other places but the service that Blick provides far outweighs everyone else which makes this paper a greater value for sure.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from N. Michigan and S. Florida
Strathmore bristle board is a top quality slick surface for watercolor unlike other surfaces like Hot Press wc paper. I can lift wc off so easily. I used it years ago and am back to use it again. This particular order was the requirement of my invitation to exhibit in Fabriano, Italy, as a backing for my painting. But I ordered an extra to "play" with after many years.
Great for botanical illustration in watercolor
I use this paper for watercolor botanical illustration. The results are fantastic (not due to my expertise!) because the colors just seem to glow on the very white page. It must be said that I am a beginner and have not used many other papers, but Arches, while good, does inevitably make for fuzzy edges. It is easy to get clear, crisp edges on the Strathmore 500, 4 ply,vellum finish. The colors also flow just as I want them to when applied. I would encourage people to use this paper as scraps to assess the color to be used before putting it on the page--I have had the surprise of quite a different color on the Strathmore from whatever scraps of other papers I have been using for testing. I plan to continue using this paper for the foreseeable future and strongly suggest you give it a try if you want a clear crisp picture. The only "con" is that it comes only in large pieces which must be cut down, rather than in pads. I find it worth the extra work to cut it down myself, but if you don't want to invest in 10 pages you are going to have to pay an additional fee. Still, I think it is worth it. Highly recommended.
Excellent drawing paper
from Mission Texas
Comments about Strathmore 500 Series Bristol Pads:
This pad is the best overall, in price and quality.
Strathmore series 500 vellum
By Lawrence Fishberg
from New York City
I draw in black and white ink. This paper in addition to being of archival quality, is excellent for the medium I use. The paper is also strong, which I like.
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from New York, NY
I am using this paper for a watercolor and gouche painting. The paper is extremely durable, and it holds up no mater what I throw at it. I would totally use this product again.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
"I recommend this to my students."
from Lawrenceburg IN
GREAT FOR COLORED PENCIL ARTWORK
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Done with colored pencils on Strathmore 500 Series
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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
The perfect paper!
from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
This Series 500 Bristol, plate finish, is my go-to paper for drawing. It has just enough texture to hold multiple layers of graphite, but not so much that I have to fight with it to render small details. Blick is the only company I've found that consistently has the large sheets... and the customer service is great!
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Agave II, graphite on Bristol, 20 in. X 24 in.
Ladder, graphite on Bristol, 36in. X 24in.
Great drawing surface
from Chicago IL
This is my favorite paper for graphite pencil drawing. The smooth surface looks great, and can take erasing and layering.I wish it was carried in my local store, but they only have vellum surface.
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My favorite drawing paper
from Chicago, il
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.
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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