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Old 02-14-2017, 07:19 PM
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Question Haven't heard anyone speak of this paper. Just curious.

So I am a newbie to colored pencil art. (Also to this forum) In general I hop all over the place when it comes to creating things. The thing I that had been my go to is acrylic paintings. Never serious but have done things for family and friends. I got a prismacolor 120 set years ago that I just experiment with. Only now I have been inspired by artists on youtube.

Has anyone used fabriano studio 140 lb paper for colored pencil work? I purchased some by mistake and being overzealous. I was hoping maybe it had a similar tooth to it.All I know is I like to layer and thus far have been just practicing on sketch paper. (Which I know isn't correct paper to use an it's not going to give me quite the freedom I want.)

Anyone have any opinions about this paper? One way or another I will use it in some application.
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Re: Haven't heard anyone speak of this paper. Just curious.

I use the Fabriano Studio 200 gr, for watercolor (the one I use states it is for watercolor), watercolor + colored pencil and water-soluble graphite. I am not very happy about it...it is a "student's paper", and as such, is a bit limited. It is difficult to get really saturated colors and it "looses fibers" (I don´t remember the english term for this, sorry) very easily.

I am dissappointed with it, because it was expensive. How do you like yours? Is it also for watercolor?

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Re: Haven't heard anyone speak of this paper. Just curious.

I just started using it for colored pencil and I'm happy with it.
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I use the Fabriano Studio 200 gr, for watercolor (the one I use states it is for watercolor), watercolor + colored pencil and water-soluble graphite. I am not very happy about it...it is a "student's paper", and as such, is a bit limited. It is difficult to get really saturated colors and it "looses fibers" (I don´t remember the english term for this, sorry) very easily.

I am dissappointed with it, because it was expensive. How do you like yours? Is it also for watercolor?

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Yes the one I use is for watercolor too and 300 gm I forgot to mention. Haven't dove right into it partly because I'm working on another piece right now and also just being apprehensive.(I haven't experimented with a lot of paper.)

Though my initial opinion was it reminded me a little of card stock. Then again I can't be fair to it right away as I haven't touched it. If my first impression of the paper is right though, I think I'm with you that it would be too expensive for what it is.

Eek that kind of stinks it didn't do what you needed it to. I would not like the flaking. Oh well it's a journey to find what to use. What is your standby paper for colored pencil or watercolor?


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I just started using it for colored pencil and I'm happy with it.


Oh cool. Guess I am in the same boat as you then. I'll see where mine takes me. I was going to get the fabriano artistico extra white hot press 140 lb paper I hear about so much but I couldn't find that one in stores. Plus that one is more expensive.
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I was going to get the fabriano artistico extra white hot press 140 lb paper I hear about so much but I couldn't find that one in stores. Plus that one is more expensive.

Artistico is the paper I use, and I work so slowly I can easily afford it. The Artistico is 100% cotton where the Studio is only 25% cotton. My guess is that this is less important for colored pencil, especially if you use it w/o solvents, than when you use those liquids or watercolor.

I have access locally to stores where I can buy the Artistico by the sheet. That's a great way to try a new paper with a minimal outlay. I fold and tear it into quarters to do small pieces.
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Re: Haven't heard anyone speak of this paper. Just curious.

I also have been using Fabriano Artistico 300 for many years and find it the best paper for pencils and acrylics.
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Artistico is the paper I use, and I work so slowly I can easily afford it. The Artistico is 100% cotton where the Studio is only 25% cotton. My guess is that this is less important for colored pencil, especially if you use it w/o solvents, than when you use those liquids or watercolor.

I have access locally to stores where I can buy the Artistico by the sheet. That's a great way to try a new paper with a minimal outlay. I fold and tear it into quarters to do small pieces.


The difference is that the studio one will survive some 30-40 years if exposed to light all the time before starting to lose structure. The artistico will survive hundreds of years. Since the color on your drawing will be dead if exposed to light that long... it is not a huge concern.
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The difference is that the studio one will survive some 30-40 years if exposed to light all the time before starting to lose structure. The artistico will survive hundreds of years. Since the color on your drawing will be dead if exposed to light that long... it is not a huge concern.

I had a more immediate concern. The studio paper is 75% cellulose and may not handle OMS as well as the 100% cotton paper.
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Re: Haven't heard anyone speak of this paper. Just curious.

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...The Artistico is 100% cotton where the Studio is only 25% cotton. My guess is that this is less important for colored pencil, especially if you use it w/o solvents, than when you use those liquids or watercolor...

The more cotton fibers in a paper, the longer it will last and the better it will hold up under drawing. If you're just doodling, you don't need an expensive or archival paper, but if you're doing something like portraits for others or if you want to create gallery-quality work, you definitely want something that's going to age well without yellowing and deteriorating.

As for using watercolor paper for colored pencil: If it's archival, it should take pencil quite well. The real question is going to the method you use. If you like fine detail and a lot of "polish" on your drawings, watercolor paper is likely to be a bit too rough.

But if your style is looser or if you incorporate wet media like watercolor or acrylics, watercolor paper is likely to suit you well.
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