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« on: September 24, 2008 09:33:13 AM »

I saw the thread on the Strathmore paper and would like to order some.  I'm just not sure which would be best for my purposes.  I've been cutting my own out of Strathmore Watercolor 300 series.  I use a lot of paint on mine and some images.  It works ok with what I am doing, but I noticed there is linen paper for acrylics and even canvas paper.

Which paper do you use?  Which do you think might work best for my purposes?  Here is a thread where I posted my ATCs to get an idea of how I use the paper:


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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2008 12:53:30 PM »

this is not very helpful, but I use just about any paper I can get my hands on, card board from cereal boxes, stuff in the trash at work, foam board, card stock, I use common baseball cards and a deck of playing cards quite often, too. 
I must also admit, I have not made an atc in a long time Sad 

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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2008 05:20:48 PM »

I have to agree with WYOKrista, I use whatever I have on hand. Usually cardstock. I use printed papers a lot as well for backgrounds.  I do have a few of the Strathmore ATC packs, but I haven't used them yet. I bought a couple of packs that had several different types of paper in it, so I could try the different styles. I don't paint much unless it's backgrounds, so you may need someting that I wouldn't use. I keep forgetting that I have the packs and usually just end up with cardstock or old trading cards (sports or whatever types).
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2008 02:49:35 PM »

I just discovered ATCs not too long ago myself, and I have found that I will use whatever I can get my hands on like everyone else.  If it is something not so sturdy, I like to attach them to something sturdier for stability.  But if I am using something that has substance on it's own, I just go with it.
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2008 06:17:19 PM »

Thanks everyone!  I'll keep using what I have and then see where it goes from here.

« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2009 11:43:02 AM »

I tend to be pretty heavy with paint, and I -hate- my paper curling.

So I made paper blocks, just like the watercolor blocks you can get in the larger sizes.  A hard base (I've used both the backing of the pad I cut up, and scrap x-board/matt board), and a cover (again, I used the cover that came with the pad), and I'm good to go!

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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2009 12:43:26 AM »

I take regular baseball or playing  cards and cover them with whatever-since I usually collage it's not as important...but when you use good watercolour paper it's a good base to measure with. I like my cards to have a nice substantive base.

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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2009 01:57:08 PM »

Strathmore makes pre-cut ATC packs in different types of paper. They make an Assorted Pack with 12 sheets: 2 sheets - vellum bristol, smooth bristol, textured, canvas, watercolor and 1 sheet of illustration board and acrylic paper. If you want a variety on the cheap you might check it out. I found them at my local art store but also sell them on www.dickblick.com for $1.25 a pack.  And it could save you some $$$ getting to try different papers for so little cash. .

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