Illustration and Mixed Media Boards

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Drawing board & illustration board is ideal for watercolor & acrylic, airbrush and all manner of drawing media including, ink, charcoal and markers

Illustration board provides a stiff, strong surface to work on without the need for mounting. They come in various weights and finishes. Drawing board has drawing paper mounted on both sides of a heavyweight artboard. Bristol board is perfect for wet media like watercolor, acrylic and gouache, but equally suited to dry media like charcoal, graphite and pastels. Illustration board also makes a sturdy surface for collage projects or model building.


Hot press vs. cold press board:

Hot press board has a smooth surface making it excellent for producing sharp, fine lines. It is ideal for pen and ink, markers and airbrush. Mounting board has a smooth surface that is ideal for mounting with adhesives or applying transfer lettering. Cold press board has a slightly textured surface with “tooth”. This textured surface is preferred for watercolor, gouache, acrylic, tempera, charcoal, crayon, pastel and pencil.


Plate vs. vellum surface:

Plate surface has an ultra-smooth finish that is unsurpassed for detailed work with technical pen, airbrush and marker. Vellum surface has a toothy finish that is excellent for pencil, charcoal, pastel and oil pastel as well as pen, airbrush, and light washes.


Shop our wide selection of foam core and foam boards from Elmer's

Elmer's Foamboard is the perfect foam core board used for preparing posters, creating signage or displaying projects. It is a lightweight foam board that is easy to cut. Foam core is durable for mounting and offers superior performance by resisting dents while in transportation. A wide variety of sizes and styles of foamcore are available for every art project, with exceptional archival properties. These foam sheets are covered with a buffered, acid-free cotton rag paper. Choose adhesive backed, Mightycore (trademark), archival and more, all ideal for 3D, architectural and mounting projects.