Monday, July 1, 2013
Strathmore Toned Tan paper - my review
I like to draw with colored pencils on a natural colored paper, I usually use sheets of pastel paper that I either buy in 8x10 from the art supply store, or the huge ones from Micheal's craft store - and then I cut them down on a paper cutter. I'm not a big sketchbook user, but when I saw this Strathmore Toned-Tan Paper Sketchbook on sale, I thought I would try it out.
It has little fibers running throughout, you might think it looks textured like homemade paper, but it isn't. Its super smooth - smooth and pretty thin compared to what i usually use for colored pencils. I tried a few sketches.
Look at those dissatisfied expressions. I wouldnt say I was dissatisfied, but I dont think i'll be buying this again, I'll just stick with my pastel paper. While I like the size and convenience of a tan sketchbook - I find the flecks unattractive and distracting. I'm looking for more of a cardboard color tan - this is a little too gray for me. I also really need the squishy paper to absorb the pressure from the pencils. This paper showed indents on the following pages, not that i expect the pages to be unmarked - but I thought it just left too heavy an impression.
Alas the search for the perfect tan paper shall continue.