In this post, I will share with you the 5 steps that helped me determine the best paper to work on. I selected the paper based on its texture, color, weight and texture, and the work conditions (such as the size of the paper, the room temperature, the humidity, etc.).
There’s a lot to look for when selecting a new piece of art paper for a work of art. Paper types are more expensive and therefore more luxurious but more durable and less likely to be damaged by water and spills. There are different textures of paper that can affect the way pages feel to the touch and help reduce the chances of the paper curling or curling when it’s rolled up. There are also different colors of the same type of paper. And the options are so great; there are lots of things to consider when searching for the right paper for your project.
The 5 steps of selecting the right paper to work on
Step 1: Smooth
The paper you work on can have a huge impact on the quality of your work. The right paper has a smooth texture, is sturdy, and can take the pressure of a heavy hand, yet is still easily erasable.
Step 2: Rough
The wrong paper will have a rough texture that will leave marks on your work, can be difficult to erase, and cause paper cuts.
Step 3: Color and Brightness
A paper is a critical component to the success of any piece of art. When you need to draw, paint, or print some art, you will want a paper that is easy to work with. The paper you choose should be of good quality, feel right, and be bright enough. This is how you can get the best results.
Step 4: Weight
There are many reasons to choose paper for your art projects. Paper type, weight, thickness, and finish are all at least somewhat important. Each of these aspects makes a difference in your artwork and can be crucial to the end result. For example, think about the difference between a paper that feels good and a paper that feels great because you have to labor over it all day long.
Step 5: Consider Paper Early On
You do not need to work with expensive fine art paper to make beautiful art. In fact, you don’t need any special paper at all—you can make beautiful art on any surface you choose! As an artist, I have been known to use things like receipts, napkins, and paper bags to make art.
Other tips to consider:
Working on the computer or in a studio is a great way to lose yourself in a creative project. While it is easy to lose track of time, it is also important to take care of your eyes. In any case, the following list of tips will help you choose the right paper to work on:
- Choose paper that is at least 20 lbs.
- Choose white paper that has a low light output.
- Choose paper that comes in different colors (Black and White, Blue, etc.)
- Choose the brightest paper you can find.
- Consider the color temperature of the paper.
- Choose a paper with a texture you like.
- Try different weights of paper. (For example, try 60 gsm and 80 gsm).
Choosing the right paper to work on can be a thrilling task. It is not always easy to find a good paper, especially one you like; you have to be careful and think about the paper you choose because it can be a real waste if you don’t like it.
Most people agree on one thing: working on a rough or torn piece of paper sucks. We’re not talking about the texture but the intended use of the paper. Now that you know what to consider when choosing an appropriate paper surface, you will have a much easier time making the right choice!