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Strathmore Illustration Boards have a textured surface designed primarily for wash drawings, pen-and-ink, pencil, charcoal, pastels, crayon, and felt markers. The textured surface of a vellum board permits the medium to be applied without fast absorption, which in turn allows the washes to blend smoothly.
Strathmore's 500 Series Illustration Board is made of 100% cotton fiber, acid-free paper. It is mounted on both sides to a high quality white board to create a balanced tension that prevents warping.
The lightweight vellum boards are 42 pt, and the heavyweight vellum boards are 72 pt.
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.
20" × 30"
51 cm × 76 cm
22" × 30"
56 cm × 76 cm
30" × 40"
76 cm × 102 cm
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Strathmore illustration board is the best.
from Avon, VY
Comments about Strathmore 500 Series Illustration Board:
I use this board for creating collages and it works great, it also takes wet media well and does't bow. The same with collage, most papers will start to curl when you use too much adhesive. Plus if you mess up one side the other side is always just as good.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Quality illustration board with smooth surface
from Scarborough, ME
Used for gouache washes, lots of water which does warp the board somewhat over drying. The tooth is relatively fine, quite close to a hot pressed paper with very little grab for dry media. Overall a nice surface to work with and the 30x40 boards are a fantastic size.
Fast efficient delivery
from New Zealand
I haven't actually tried it yet but the delivery to NZ was fast and efficient which is important when you live so far away
Hands down the best for the value!
from Binghamton, NY
I was using the product as part of a college level illustration course that required me to paint with oils on the illustration board. The Strathmore 500 series is some of the best and the price that DickBlick offers truly made this purchase a "no-brainer".
Excellent Board for Water Media
By Matthew Jent
from Morehead, KY
Strathmore's 500 series is excellent. I love having a board that holds up to layers of water media. I always found paper annoying - you have to measure, cut, stretch, dry, tape, and then for me it would still always warp pretty intensely. Admittedly this board still warps, but if that were a deal breaker I would buy something thicker than the 10-ply, and probably use less intensive washes. Board is so much easier to get back into shape as well. I also love the lack of tooth that the board has. I like to layer colored pencil work and I love how smooth it goes on. One of the only real issues I've had is a strange texture here and there where my paint and water get soaked up and you can see the canvas-like weave of the fibers. I can't alter it or cover it with water media. At this point though I am chocking it up to either poor storage or hard water. I've not experienced the issue again since recently switching to distilled water versus tap water. If anyone else has had this experience I'd like to hear from them.Overall I find this to be a fantastic product and have been buying SPECIFICALLY this board by this supplier religiously for several years now.
from Saint Petersdurg, florida
The strathmore 500 series illustration board is top notch and archival, acid free, 100% cotton rag . It has a beautiful surface that takes most mediums with ease without pilling and wont buckle under most circumstances ive used this illustration board for years and its it perfect for most applications.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from San Ramon, Ca.
I used this product in art school for painting illustrations in oils and acrylics. I also used it for water colour and ink illustrations. You can easily split in half if you like for scanning. You can paint and draw on either side. It is 100% rag, acid free, and archival. It is easy to frame like a water colour. I have used this board for years and love it.
(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Strathmore 500 Series Cold Press Illustr
All good things, this is great illustration board and it was delivered promptly.
(3 of 13 customers found this review helpful)
from sao paulo , Brazil
My father really wanted. So.. I bought to him! He is VERY happy.It is the most important thing.
(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)
A Dream for Watercolorists
from Atlanta, GA
About Me Artist, Designer, Student
I love this product; When using this paper as a surface for watercolor, it will not buckle. It's thick and sturdy. It's paper all the way through so you can sand the surface if you want to start over or want to erase a mistake.
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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