Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
wants to know: "What do you use bristol paper for?"
A: Bristol is a great multimedia paper! The sheets are multi-ply, which gives us room for more layers and work in our coloring. There are two finishes - the smooth finish has very little texture and is wonderful for stamping, drawing, airbrush, and markers. It will stand up to a little bit of water too, and many stampers find it a favorite for blending watercolor markers. Bristol with a vellum finish is more textured and toothy, and is great for layers of graphite, colored pencil, charcoal, pastel, and crayon. When you buy, be sure to notice which finish you've picked up, because the results will be different. If you're unsure which finish is right for your project or medium, look for a pad of dual-sided Bristol! Each sheet has a vellum finish on one side and smooth finish on the other, so you can experiment to see which you prefer.