What are your favorite drawing papers?
An excellent question! I’ve talked a lot about the pencils I use and how I use them, but haven’t spent much time talking about my favorite drawing papers. I’ve been remiss, so thank you for asking!
My Favorite Drawing Papers
My two favorite papers are Stonehenge and Strathmore Artagain.
With Stonehenge, I usually use white. It does come in light colors (tan, light blue, etc.) and I do sometimes use those for special projects. This portrait was one of the first I drew on Stonehenge paper.
I’ve also occasionally used black, and although black papers aren’t usually my first choices, there is definitely a place for black Stonehenge. See the selection of Stonehenge papers at Dick Blick.
Artagain papers do not come in white, but I still use the lightest colors available. Flannel White (which is the lightest color, but not true white) and Beachsand Ivory. This drawing is on Beachsand Ivory.
This paper is available in more colors than Stonehenge, so if I’m looking for something Stonehenge doesn’t offer, I can always get Artagain. It’s also more widely available than Stonehenge. See the selection of Strathmore Artagain at Dick Blick.
Papers I Want to Try
I’m going to be trying Canson Mi Tientes. Mi Tientes is a pastel paper, so the front of it is quite rough. It can be used for colored pencil.
I tried Cansion Mi-Tientes many years ago, but didn’t know about the two sides, and apparently used the pastel side. Result? I didn’t like it. I also used a lightweight version of the paper back then, so it didn’t stand up well under my method of drawing.
Recently, I saw an excellent demonstration on using turpentine with colored pencil and the art was using Canson Mi-Tientes. Her work turned out so well, I just had to try it. So I pulled out a scrap of that old paper and what do you know? I liked it! Here’s the drawing.
I’ve since purchased four sheets of heavier weight Mi-Tientes in four colors and look forward to giving it a try.
There’s a wider range of colors with this paper, including quite a few light colors. You can see Canson Mi Tientes at Dick Blick.
All three types of paper are available in flat sheets and in pads. If you’re thinking about trying any of them (or any other paper, for that matter), I recommend buying drawing pads first. Pads of assorted colors are available, so you get a variety of colors at a good value.