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Art Supplies, Charcoal Drawing: Charcoal Paper

-The best paper for charcoal drawing.  Regular drawing paper or newsprint are too smooth, and the powder of the charcoal will slide right off.

-Has a texture which can be very beautiful in charcoal drawings.

-The texture has a slight tooth, which allows the paper to “grip” the charcoal much better than a smoother paper.

Art Supplies: Charcoal Paper

Adam Linn, Leyla Faye

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2 responses on "Charcoal Paper"

  1. Profile photo of Lauryn Welch

    Charcoal paper is all about that tooth, so one way you can make your own is by sanding heavyweight paper or canvas, and you can get a similar hold on the charcoal. Also, if you’re using charcoal paper, take it all the way and use all the kinds of charcoal, both with water and without. Charcoal paper is generally heavyweight and pretty durable, so it can take a lot from the elements!

  2. Profile photo of Casey Roonan

    It’s so crazy how the surface you work on is really about half the battle in making a successful piece, and yet so many of us clamber around in the dark for so long when it comes to matching the right material to the right paper! I had a phase as late as my sophomore year in art school where I kept trying to do ALL of my work on bristol board, just because I already had a giant pad of it… My ink drawings, of course, were fine; but anything that needed some teeth to cling to (graphite and charcoal, in particular) just turned out smudged and blurry!

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