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Decorative papers Small patterns on decorative paper can act as a backdrop to a bolder, stronger drawing laid on top; they can be used in collage or as underlay for a coat of gesso.

Watercolor paper

Archival paper

Drawing papers Basic drawing papers are available from hundreds of different paper mills. They are ideal for line work.

Decorative papers Small patterns on decorative paper can act as a backdrop to a bolder, stronger drawing laid on top; they can be used in collage or as underlay for a coat of gesso.

Watercolor paper

Drawing papers Basic drawing papers are available from hundreds of different paper mills. They are ideal for line work.

Archival paper

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alternative papers

Unusual or specialized papers can broaden your creative horizons. Drawing on transparent acetate, for example, allows you to make marks that can be laid over other drawn or found images, while tracing paper can help you to lift elements from other images and incorporate them into your drawing. Envelopes, bus tickets, and postcards can all be drawn over, the essence of the ground contributing to your composition.

Experiment with paper The ground is as important as the medium in creating your desired effect.

Layout paper

Gridded papers Square or isometric graph paper sets out a template that can be followed or subverted.

Tracing paper

Acetate

Carbon paper surface interactions

The surface of a drawing paper affects the quality of the marks made on it. Specialized pastel papers are coated with pumice powder or cork particles that hold the colored pigment. Conversely, some hand-made papers have a satin finish so that a drawing medium, such as a fine pen, can glide over the surface without snagging. Others deliberately have inclusions, such as fibers or dry flowers, which affect the marks made.

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Charcoal on a rough textured paper will cling to the high ground of Colored pastel on a soft textured paper can be blended to produce the paper and create a grainy drawing. solid areas and subtle tones and shadows that appear to glow.

Charcoal on a rough textured paper will cling to the high ground of Colored pastel on a soft textured paper can be blended to produce the paper and create a grainy drawing. solid areas and subtle tones and shadows that appear to glow.

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Ink applied with a brush to a smooth paper flows evenly; when dry, it imparts its own raised texture to the surface.

Fiber-tip pen imparts an even layer of ink to a heavy but smooth drawing paper, which can then be loosened with water.

Ink applied with a brush to a smooth paper flows evenly; when dry, it imparts its own raised texture to the surface.

Fiber-tip pen imparts an even layer of ink to a heavy but smooth drawing paper, which can then be loosened with water.

Drawing research

Collecting ideas and visual references should be an ongoing activity for any artist. Think of your sketchbook as a visual diary - a place to make quick drawings from the world around you, and collect thoughts that will inform your future work. Take it with you wherever you go, pasting in text, images, and textured papers and objects to build up your own personal library of inspiration.

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