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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 New York
Comments about Strathmore 500 Series Bristol Pads:
handles both pencil and pen & ink and watercolor wash beautiful stuff
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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greatmixed media surface
By Art professor
The surface is very smooth yet durable, you can achieve very delicate rendering with graphite. It withheld stress with some amount of water media, but it warps when you apply water, so if you are looking for a better option for wet media, I'd go for mixed media heavy weight paper which has similar surface quality. Color pencil looks and works good, as well as any pen.
I found the quality of the paper, giving the artist the ability to make many corrections without destroying the paper itself. Additionally the paper has the quality to bring out some beautiful shading for the artist, in regards to the deep blacks.................
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This is the best drawing paper I've ever used for my charcoal techniques - it has the feel and ease of the 400 but with super thick sheets that are archival for preservation. The price is more than fair considering the quality - you get what you pay for. Love it!
VERY RESILIENT TO HEAVY WORK
By Noel P
A paper that will work with good shading abilities and very tough and will work with allot of heavy changes without damage to the paper.
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Top of the line
from Bronx, NY
The 500 Series is by far the best paper you can use in the Bristol category. True acid free and archival. It is a pleasure to put and ink tip to.
Quality is awesome!
By Keyce Aaron Benge
from Indiana, USA
I was using the 300 series and it was great, but when I got this I noticed a pretty noticeable difference. It is definitely high quality. The only slight negative aspect about this product is the price. I understand that it is high quality but it is a tad expensive for only 15 sheets. Not ridiculously expensive, but getting close to it.
Best paper for my graphite work
from Sabina, Ohio
I use this paper for multiple layers of graphite that I blend to get the values I want. It has plenty of tooth, but smooth enough for the blending.
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from Fairfax, VA
This is surely a high quality paper. It has a beautiful surface that renders a nice textured look. Softer graphite pencils highlight the texture and it's easy to blend with a brush or cotton ball and fill in the valleys of the paper. If you desire less texture go with the 300 series.When I bought this pad, it came with a indent that reached all the way till the last page. I contacted Blick and the next day I had a brand new and pristine pad!!! Thank you so much Blick for the awesome customer service!
from Charlotte, NC
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.
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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