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The textured finish and subtle colors make this paper an ideal background for hard, soft, and oil pastels, as well as a wide variety of drawing media.
Each pad contains 24 total sheets, including 4 sheets each of 6 different colors. The paper is 80 lb (118 gsm) and acid-free. Pads are bound on the short side and feature flip over covers that make it easy to work in the pad.
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(based on 25 reviews)
of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
I don't recommend this paper.
Comments about Strathmore 400 Series Pastel Paper Pads:
For soft pastel the texture is too much, it's hard or rather impossible to get a smooth finish. it gives a textured finish making it difficult to do the details..i'm having to do a watercolor underpainting first, then pastel over it to get the smoothness...for colored pencil the texture maybe good enough with mineral spirit, still i can't get as many layers as compared to canson 1557 85lb paper( which i used before for CP) . and the thickness is also a problem when doing colored pencil. you can make amazing CP drawings with that thickness but its difficult and rather a waste when there are much better papers for both CP and Pastel for quite similar price range.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Thank you for taking the time to share your candid feedback. Please know that whenever you're considering trying out an unfamiliar surface, our Product Information Team is happy to discuss the product's characteristics as they would relate to your particular technique. Product Specialists are available weekdays from 8am to 5:30pm CST at 1-800-933-2542 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and they'll be glad to help!
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This pastel paper holds up
By Art Cookie
from Frisco, TX
This textured paper allows better coverage than regular paper or construction paper. For my younger students, this is a much better lower priced option.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
from Washington, IL
I love this paper. It is perfect for charcoal art. The results are always excellent, and I have no complaints!
(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Pretty darn good
from columbus, ohio
I like the variety of the products and the open box pastels. Really like the unison soft pastels the colors are unique and gorgeous but they are pricey and break fairly easily so I'll probably combine with nupastels. getting used to assorted colors of pastel paper I like it.
Really cool texture and colors
(0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Function as advertised
from College Station, TX
I drew on it
(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from Long Island, NY
Quick service and associate taking phone order was so helpful. Going to order other sizes as well.
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Not bad at all
from long island, ny
Tried these out on sale and they were good to use for my daily practice - not my favorite paper but a good combination of color and tooth - I would use it for my main choice however.
(23 of 23 customers found this review helpful)
Quality surface for pastels for a bargain price
from Pacific Coast
I gave this 5 stars because it is excellent quality for a much lower price than many other pastel papers. Compared to really high end pastel supports such as pastel board, it's more like 4 stars, but those are absurdly expensive.This paper has a lovely, natural, moderate texture. Enough tooth to take multiple layers of pastel if it is not applied super-heavy. It is sturdy and can take blending and wiping off of pastel numerous times. It takes hard pastels, soft pastels, and pastel pencils. It comes in several lovely shades, but I would prefer to be able to buy individual sheets of the colors I use the most, as well as to buy very large sheets.For the outstanding performance and very reasonable price of this paper, it is an excellent choice.I will try to attach an example in which I used all three of these pastel types on this paper.
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Using pastel pencil, Blick hard and soft pastels
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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Good thick paper
By Portraits by Lauren
Average paper. Great size.
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