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  • #196194

    Philip
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    Hi everyone,

    I am new and very happy to be part of this. Looking forward to learn a lot here.
    i just started with the fundamentals and cannot find the right paper. I am from Germany there is no newsprint as described in the materials available here. I found some newsprint but it’s gray and not very smooth. I tried different papers but all create a texture when I use the conte pencil. Graphite and colored pencils have less texture.

    Papers I tested

    Is it ok to have a little texture?
    What are my alternatives?
    Are there any students from Germany or Europe here who can tell me where to get newsprint which is not sold for a ridiculous high price.

    Cheers
    Phil

    #196198

    Waltteri
    Participant

    There you go. If i remember right Strathmore is one that Jeff recommends or uses. I had it and it was good:

    Strathmore paper , germany amazon site

    #196201

    Philip
    Participant

    Thanks Waltteri. I saw that on amazon. But that’s what I meant by ridiculously expensive. It’s tripple the price of what you pay in the us or what I paid for the other newsprint I got. Plus I am not 100% sure if that’s smooth, because the image says rough.

    Just found Seawhite Newsprint in germany. But it doesn’t tell if it’s smooth or rough. Is that ok?

    #196219

    Waltteri
    Participant

    Sorry! ..i was meant to link the smooth one. Thats what you want. It should be there if you search for it.
    Dont worry too much how much it costs. If you can afford this course you should be able to get one pad of paper xD
    Ive paid around 50$ for mine each time ive bought one. It hurts a bit but i see it as investment on improving my skills. One of those pads with 50 sheets should take quite a long time to fill up. Wait until you get to painting, now thats expensive stuff! 😀

    If you get something without knowing is it good or not, you will never know what you end up with. Getting one of the recommended pads first would be good idea so you can have something to compare to. Then go around art stores to see if you can find similar papers cheaper.

    #196221

    Philip
    Participant

    Yeah that’s a good point. I should order one of those expensive ones as reference and compare it at the local art store.

    You linked the smooth one. The title says smooth, however the image says rough. That’s why I am bit confused. I just try it. Thanks

    #197905

    Philip
    Participant

    So I ordered a Strathmore pad. Luckily it is the smooth version. The cheap pad I got in germay is pretty much the same. Texture, smoothness, color. It’s a little bit smaller.
    Maybe I expected a different result with the pencil strokes an got confused.

    Germans, checkout “Skizzenblock Newspaper” by Malzeit.

    #336373

    Julia
    Participant

    Also from Germany and also looking for alternatives for newsprint. Found one called seawhite newsprint (can be ordered from gerstaecker). It’s quite affordable, a bit smoother than the “Skizzenblock Newspaper” and approx. the same colour. I ordered the largest version with 500 sheets (50 x 75 cm) and then cut them in 2.

    #336376

    Philip
    Participant

    Hello Julia, nice to see someone from germany here.

    I have the Seawhite paper, too. But I only use it for the shorter drawings. For longer drawings, 1 hour +, I use Strathmore. You can order it at https://www.artistpapers.co.uk/?aff_id=5046 The difference is not big, but you can definitely feel it. I also tried the Pro Art which they use at the brick and mortar school, but it is way too expensive to order it to germany.

    #336488

    Ivan
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    #336607

    Philip
    Participant

    The first is without shipping. The second includes shipping 60lbs overseas …

    #336689

    Julia
    Participant

    Hello Philip,

    thank you soooo much for the tip with the UK store for strathmore. I just couldn’t find a German site/shop with reasonable prices for this paper.

    #337061

    Philip
    Participant

    You’re welcome. I know how frustrating it is 😀

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