Light, smooth papers are well-suited to delicate, detailed pencil work, but when working with mixed media, tonal graphite, or inks, it pays to choose a thicker ground. This will absorb any dampness, preventing buckling and wrinkling, and can be worked and erased more vigorously. Paper weight is expressed as weight (grams) per unit area (square meter); standard watercolor paper is around 300 gsm (grams per square meter) compared with office paper, which is 80 gsm.
Heavy art papers With a toothec surface, these robust papers are good for broad work in pastel anc charcoal. The texture of the paper holds the crumbly pigment enriching color or tone
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