Cartridge Paper

Das, Paper, Review -

Cartridge Paper

Recently I joined an Art Society group after moving cities. Someone commented on the paper I was using, saying that she had never seen if before.

I thought I’d quickly show you some of the qualities of Das 135 gram cartridge paper that is available in their conservation pad range. A portion of the sale price of these pads is donated to the Hollyford Conservation Trust, so there is a feel-good factor when using them.

The facts are these pads come in a variety of sizes A4, A3, A2, I find the Pad of 20 in A3 to be quite economical for myself, and a good go-to paper for any artwork or experiments.   

This paper, being economic for any artist, is quite smooth. It is smooth enough for pen and ink drawings as well as graphite drawings, and as you can see in the samples I quickly drew, it performs well and holds up to the different mediums.

I like using it for Prismacolour pencils and pastels; despite me saying it was smooth, it does have a slight tooth to it causing the colour pencils pigment to have a good “grip” on the paper, this I then smoothed out by using a colorless blender causing it to “smooch” into the paper in the examples I have done and showing you can see in the wine glass the first few layers of Prismacolour sitting on top of the paper, but later, with the use of the Prismacolour colorless blender you can see that the waxy pencils have blended and pushed in to the tooth of the paper.

In another example I’ve shown the same drawing done with Derwent water colour pencils, although I have done a small bit of the drawing, you can see the paper can hold a little of the water wash, it does tend to buckle if too much water is used but a light wash is completely safe and acceptable.

You need to try this paper yourself to find out if it suits your needs, I suggest you go online to www.artsupplies.co.nz and order yours today.