Drawing Paper

Paper vs Drawing Paper

How can drawing paper have such an impact on your drawing? When I started drawing I thought that you could use any plain old paper and get the same results. Wrong!

Do you know that there are many types of drawing paper with many textures and thicknesses. There are so many choices. I don’t know about most of them yet, but I’m experimenting. I like to use paper with slight texture. I’m not too experienced yet with paper that has a deep texture.

I have learned is that when I use textured paper it adds life to my sketches. It affects how I can shade and how I can blend the pencil strokes.

Buying high quality drawing paper

I’ve filled a few and they are now retired to my shelves. Three books are what I call “active” right now. I like to keep a 5×5 with me at all times. Sometimes I even carry my 8×12 with me. My “active” books have different textures so that I can go with whatever sounds fun for the day. Here are some of my favorites.


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Strathmore Series 400 Sketch Pads 9 in. x 12 in. – pad of 100





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Strathmore Spiral Toned Sketch Book 5.5″X8.5″-Tan 50 Sheets


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U.S. Art Supply 9″ x 12″ Premium Spiral Bound Sketch Pad, Pad of 100-Sheets, 60 Pound (100gsm)


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Strathmore 400 Series Hardbound Sketch Journal, 8.5″ x 11.5″ 192 Pages






To my surprise, I also want to promote buying drawing paper from Walmart. I was in our local Walmart buying school supplies for my children. While browsing through their notebooks, I found some sketch books. I was amazed at the quality and the price. It may not be quite the same high quality over time as some of the more expensive books from hobby shops or book stores. I don’t know. I’ll have to do some research into that and let you know what I find out.

One thing that absolutely thrilled me was that the sketch books they had included a couple of choices in paper color. I have a few sketch books that have the kind of yellow-ish colored paper. I like the books very much, but I wanted something without the yellow hue. Walmart had one that was the same yellow color, but also had one that was white. The plain white hue. Surprisingly the book is nicely spiral bound with perforated paper edges so that I could tear out the pages to frame the finished product. I have to cut pages out of some of my other books if I want to frame them.

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My Walmart purchase

My analysis on drawing paper

Now I’m only a moderate beginner to intermediate sketcher. I don’t have much experience under my belt. Maybe a couple of years. I don’t know how well my sketches will hold up over time. I do spray them with the clear protective coating from the art stores, but who knows what they will look like in a few years.

Then again, I’m only in this for the fun. I love to draw and I really enjoy making drawings that mean something and give them to my family and friends. Yes, I’d love to sell some of my drawings some day. The old ego as well as the pocket book would benefit from a few sales some day. We’ll see. Anyway, right now I can say that the Walmart paper has worked out well. It’s a nice weight. It was a less coarse texture but sometimes I like that too. It does have texture. It’s not the same as just plain typing paper or copy paper. It is sketch paper. Great size to carry around with me too.

Don’t give up on drawing with good high quality sketch paper, but from my take on this, it’s good to experiment or to practice with all kinds. Not every drawing is a dazzling work of art. Try a bunch out and get back to me here in this post. Leave me a comment about what paper you like to use.

Your drawings

Also, send me some pictures of your drawings. I have a page that I would love to post pictures from you. Here’s the link so you can check it out: Drawing Gallery

Come look at some of the things I have drawn too. Some are things I spent a lot of time and effort in creating. Others are just fun doodles. Fun Things I Have Drawn

Have a great time drawing!!

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Blessings to all! – Tina

Founder of Fun Drawing Sources and After Cancer Income From Home

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