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Best art brands for paper just for paint and sketches? Answered

I love art and i just use printer paper sometimes I use bigger skale paper. 


A good manufacture will provide a range of paper - generally for sketching cartridge paper is used with varying amounts of "tooth" or roughness.

For water colour you need a paper with a rough surface to give the painting depth and range.


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Thats a really cool website. Thank You!

I use copy paper for my pencil drawings and for my Gel Pen work I see my stuff as 'doodling" really. I also use black paper the same weight as the plain copy paper. I realise that this doesn't answer your question but I am just about to try using Derwent Watercolour pencils and have no idea how to choose paper that will take water. I look forward to ready everybodies replies.

I'm using normal #2 pencils on copy paper for drafts or beginning sketches for something big. I took an art class a long time ago. I don't like to post my art online (I usually scan them if they are on copy paper.) Well I did go to hobby lobby last week looking at some paper. Before I asked this question, I asked a salesperson and they hardly knew anything about there art supplies. Thanks you all!

Seandogue's advice is good. Choosing the appropriate ground has more to do with use than it does with brands. You would not use pastel paper (it has more "tooth" or roughness) for pen and ink drawing nor would you want to use news print for water color painting.

Normally, I use a cheap sketch book (what ever's on sale) for quick drawings that are little more than scribbles to work out design and layout issues for my more finished works. I like a heavier paper with just a slight "tooth" 80 pounds or more for more refined drawings and practice work. There are many good brands out there. Fabriano's Accademia Artist Paperback is a good all around multiuse paper for this, it's heavy enough to handle erasures and light watercolor use.

For finished work you'll want to take the time and expense to use archival quality papers specifically designed for the medium you're working with. There is nothing more frustrating than having your paper stretch and buckle or develop rough uneven spots because an area is "over worked".

When I first started exporing art, I would go to the art supply store and feel the different types of paper, checking out how smooth, slick and rough they were. I would test the different thicknesses so that I could make sense of the different weights printed on the packaging. I would wait for a sale then purchase a few different types to see how they worked with both my style of execution as well as different materials.

I still choose my papers more by feel and purpose than brand and I never pass up an opportunity to discuss materials and techniques with other artists; there's always something to learn. What ever you choose... remember art is a journey as much as a process. Best of luck.

you sound like you need some direction - why not go to an art class - there you can try different media's and papers etc and the people there can help you more than you can ever guess.

the best thing i ever did was to go to classes for my hobbies - it helped me to develop my skills in a productive way plus it gets you to meet and 'collect' useful contacts in case you need a little job doing - for me that's electrics, plumbing, woodwork, metalwork, etc... go for it, mate! btw art rocks! ;-)


IMO, sketching, painting with acryllic/oil, and painting with water colors are best done on different papers.

Sketching with a pen or a #2 pencil? yeah, copier paper is fine. However, if you're using art pencils, I would not suggest copier paper.

In fact, I'd suggest that you visit an art supplies store and talk to one of the salespeople. In my experience, they're very helpful and some of the least pushy people out there in retail.