Let's talk about paper!
Recently i've had a few enquiries about the best paper for commissioned pieces. Also if there is anything out there in the land of photocopy paper that is superior to practice on and also print my downloadable workbook. So lets dive right in!
Lets talk about practice paper.
I find that if you are practicing and gaining technical experience that you want a good allrounder that's smooth, won't bleed through to the other side / less absorbent and won't put paper fibres into your brush pens or nibs if you decide to also use it for calligraphy / pointed pen.
For warmups and general practice, I regularly purchase J.Burrows 80gsm Premium A4 Copy Paper 500 Sheet Ream
Another one I recommend which is slightly thicker would be J.Burrows Premium 100gsm A4 Digital Copy Paper 500 Sheets. Its silky and a really nice weight to work with and you can still see through it if you are using a light box and kinder to brush pens and particularly felt tip brush pens.
Bleed proof paper is also great for smoothness, bright whites and thin enough for guide sheet underneath for practice.
Rhodia Paper Pads are also great for practice paper and projects. They come in a range of sizes and you can get them in lined, grid, dot or blank. Pads come perforated so you can easily tear them out if you want to scan them to vectorise your work or pop it in a frame. They are super portable and great for travel.
A vellum transparent paper is great if you are wanting to rework over the top of words or flourishes until you develop your preferred aesthetic for projects with pencil or pens, I highly recommend purchasing this by the metre and cutting into A3 & A4 for various applications. Last year I purchased 10 Metres of Canson smooth tracing paper. Its cheaper than buying it in pads and is lovely quality. Great way to get it how you want your project to look before completing the final on a high quality paper for projects.
If you are after something superior, has 50 pages, already ruled with guides and slanted grid, look no further than The Calligrapher Practice Pad by Brisbane peeps Fox and Fallow. This one will certainly make you feel special! (...have you noticed how much I love paper yet?!)
How about paper for projects?
If you are wanting something that will hold a fair amount of erasing guidelines, super smooth and a great weight, then Canson Bristol Paper is perfect for your needs. You can also purchase by the sheet and cut to size and it comes in different weights.
I hope this helps and thanks for reading!