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This versatile, heavyweight (90 lb) drawing paper has a medium texture that holds up well to most media, including pencils, charcoal, pastels, and pen-and-ink, and light watercolor washes. It has excellent tooth, and is acid-free and archival.
Borden & Riley #116 Artist Sketch Vellum is available in pads and roll form. The pads contain 40 sheets, bound on the short side.
9" × 12"
229 mm × 305 mm
11" × 14"
279 mm × 356 mm
14" × 17"
356 mm × 432 mm
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Good Sketch Pad
from Davis, CA
Comments about Borden & Riley Borden & Riley #116 Artist Sketch Vellum:
The paper is quite nice with the vellum finish....paper surface holds up well under erasure. Bright white and a good weight.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By The Drawer Girl
from Ithaca, NY
I bought this paper for mixed media portraits. It has a nice surface and seems reasonably priced. Very difficult these days to find large ( larger than 18 x 24) drawing paper--anywhere. Dick Blick also shipped fast and the pad, which arrived in a. Nowstorm, was carefully packed and I damaged. I will order from DB again soon.
"I would buy and recommend this product again and again"
By Kenneth the Design Artist
from Belen, NM
As an artist, I do a lot of exploratory graphic design drawings in pen and ink, also graphite, and other various mediums. The "Borden & Riley #116 Artist Sketch Vellum" is a perfect match for my design work. The quality is superb. I love the texture that it excepts by the variety of mediums I use. I do not foresee any problems when I am using this paper. I am very pleased with my purchase. I have purchased from Dick Blick many times. I love and appreciate their quality products. Dick Blick has never let me down. Their customer service is always first rate. I always recommend Dick Blick as a first choice when my friends are in need of a purchasing a item. I see no need to look at any other source when I need to purchase an item. Thank you Dick Blick.
from Tamarac Fl.
Good but Not for Ink
This sketch paper outperforms even higher-grade drawing and mixed media papers in many ways. The surface holds up very well with watercolor and gouache: no pilling and not much buckling (even without taping it down). And, not surprisingly, dry media like graphite, charcoal, and conte, lays down superbly.At 40 sheets per pad, it offers more paper than most brands.The one major caveat--and disappointment for me--is, this paper cannot take India or calligraphy ink. I tried each type of ink, with both a pen/nib and a brush, and the inks feather really badly. Considering this product is labeled for "pen & ink," I consider this a major drawback. Maybe markers would be better, but I don't work in that medium.The second, slightly minor problem is, the first 15 sheets or so had a 1/8" crease along the edge of 3 of the 4 sides, as if the paper cutter (or whatever machine is used to bind the pads) wasn't set correctly.Overall, this is a good product and a great value, but if you work in ink, skip it!
Very nice paper, happy with the quality
from Deer Island Or.
This is a solid value
Superb service and unusual care in packing product
By Celia, the artist
from Annapolis, Maryland
I have been a fan of Borden & Riley papers since art school. They have a range of acid free paper and pads priced for the student but good enough for artists. Youcan save those quick sketches you love so much and know they will not fall apart in 10 years :)The problem of buying large unyielding pads 24 x 36 inches is that they usually show up with bumped and squashed corners. Blick double protected the corners so what I got was beautiful perfect pads. I'm very impressed and will go back for more. Thank you so much, guys :)
Great drawing paper
from St Louis, MO
I love that I can get large sized drawing paper in a pad!
Tried it out. I like it.
from Western New York
Pencil erases easily and prismacolor marker don't bleed too bad.
(0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Good Art Paper for Budding Artists
from Provo, Utah
This was a Xmas gift for my 11 year old grandson. He loves to draw and began using the paper right away. I can't say much about its quality, as I didn't use it, but he was satisfied with it.
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