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post #1 of 4 Old 03-07-2012, 06:23 AM Thread Starter
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Paper GSM

I'm not the only one on this forum wondering about this so...

What GSM paper is best for graphite, charcoal and pastels? I've read up on it a little and different websites seem to have their own ideas, or seem to be contradicting each other.

I understand that the higher the GSM, the thicker the paper? Yes?

So... which GSM should we be using if we want a crisp white, thick, quality drawing paper?
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A lot depends on the line you are wanting to achieve...do you want a smooth almost photographic result? A nice bristol board is very smooth and has little " tooth " and allows great detail and smooth finish. If you want a rougher finish, then try a cold press watercolor paper...or a hot press. When I'm in the art store, I get caught feeling up the paper....
I like to use solid graphite pencils...the softer, the better like 3B, 4B and 6B. They blend like butter!
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I'm not hugely clued in about what to use for graphite and charcoal, but I can help with pastels.

Generally you don't really work with gsm for pastel papers, its more about the tooth than the weight. I work on velour, which is not toothed, and so **** hard to work with - once the pastel is on, there is no fixing it. The toothed papers like canson mi-tientes are fairly forgiving, and you can vacuum or lift off the pastel layers to alter things. They also hold onto the pastel quite solidly, where as velour is extremely delicate.

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I'm not hugely clued in about what to use for graphite and charcoal, but I can help with pastels.

Generally you don't really work with gsm for pastel papers, its more about the tooth than the weight. I work on velour, which is not toothed, and so **** hard to work with - once the pastel is on, there is no fixing it. The toothed papers like canson mi-tientes are fairly forgiving, and you can vacuum or lift off the pastel layers to alter things. They also hold onto the pastel quite solidly, where as velour is extremely delicate.
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