Strathmore 500 Series Drawing Paper, Plate (Ultra-Smooth)

MP Code #MP-13309-003   Item #13309-9000

WARNING: This product contains a chemical known in the State of California to cause cancer.

These professional white drawing bristol boards can take repeated erasures and reworking without feathering.

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23 x 29
23 x 29 In Stock
  • $3.59
  • List: $5.29
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500 series. Strathmore's professional white drawing bristol boards can take repeated erasures and reworking without feathering. The medium surface is Excellent for a variety of techniques: pencil, ink, dry brush, washes, airbrush, pastel, tempera, acrylics, and markers. The high (plate) surface is designed for precise pencil and pen line work.
100% rag Content, acid-free. 23" x 29".

Size: 23 x 29

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Ultra Smooth
106 lb
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  • Be aware of 1-ply vs 2/3/4-ply differences!

    Reviewed on 10/5/2016

    As reviewed by Van Howell

    Experience: PROFESSIONAL

    The 3-star rating applies to the 1-ply offering, due to its shortcomings. It's the same paper, but it won't behave the same. There is a HUGE difference between 1-ply and thicker papers. These very large 23x29" sheets may easily crumple and crease, becoming almost worthless, even with fairly careful handling. Even 2-ply is kind of iffy. It's a false economy to invest in great archival paper at 1-ply thickness, unless you plan to immediately slice it up into little pieces, like 5"x7" in which case it will be very cost-effective. If you choose 4-ply sheets, you'll get strong, sturdy board-like paper—not rigid, but rather stiff. A full sheet may be a bit awkward to handle and require some care, but even very large pieces (2/3 sheet) will survive like new through decades of rough handling and sloppy storage. Unframed and un-matted, it will look handsome and feel luxurious to hold. If you're dealing with clients who will see commissioned originals unframed, they'll be very favorably impressed by the heft and substance. 3-ply is ok, but not quite in the same class. Is 4-ply worth the expense? It depends on what you do with it, and it depends on the fees your work commands. It will pay for itself many times over as satisfied customers come back for more. You just have to make sure your artwork is worthy of the paper—which isn't easy, even for a pro.

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