Strathmore Art Blog is a resource for artists to find more information about our products such as newly released items, frequently asked questions, greener options and helpful technical information. We also create articles of interest including artist features, project ideas, events and contests.

Happy Halloween!

| Drawing | Featured Artists | Toned Paper | Watercolor |

We are celebrating Halloween with some perfectly fitting artwork created on our papers! Check out the fantastic pieces these artists have made… maybe you’ll be inspired to create your own frightfully fantastic piece!

Skeleton Study - by Artist Michael Webb

Michael Webb

Michael is a middle school art teach in Menasha, Wisconsin. He created this amazing skeleton study on our 400 Series Artagain paper using mechanical pencil and white charcoal pencil. He used a skeleton model in his classroom as a refernece for this piece.


Addams Family Coffee Portraits - By Artist Laura Schrampfer

Addams Family Portrait

Laura, a tattoo artist in Appleton, WI, brought the entire Addams Family to life using coffee as a medium on our 400 Series Watercolor paper. The coffee along with the frames Laura found at the thift store gives these pieces the perfect antique look.


"Boo!" by Artist Abigail Jones


Abigail, an artist in Southampton, England, created this drawing of her daughter Ruby using our 400 Series Toned Tan paper with colored pencils, chalk and charcoal. Startlingly adorable, right?

"Witchin'" By Artist Coral Colon


Coral, in Canóvanas, Puerto Rico, created this fun Halloween piece on our Mixed Media cards. Coral used mechanical pencil first, then Microns and Sharpies for the line work. The piece was colored with crayons. To achieve the smoothing effect, Coral blended and smudged with a P-100: LION plastic eraser. This card also comes with a great story: Inside, a tagline reads "Cheer up! It's okay to be different", which refers to the artwork depicting a fun-loving witch mom trying to lift the spirits of her young toddler. Coral says the thumbs-up is for the audience and is a reminder that it will all be okay.

Happy Halloween everybody! We hope it's creatively creepy!

Patti Mollica's Bold, Expressive and Beautiful Paintings

| Acrylic | Featured Artists | Watercolor |

Painter Patti Mollica is New York based artist known for her beautiful works that are bold, expressive and colorful. She works in both oils and acrylics, and when using acrylics, she frequently works on our 400 Series Watercolor paper using Golden paints. Patti often paints the urban landscapes of New York City, which gives her endless opportunities to show viewers that a great painting is not necessarily about the subject matter, but rather the way an artist communicates whatever is being painted. Take a look at some of her beautiful pieces created on our watercolor paper, and visit her website to see more:

Patti Mollica Painting

Patti Mollica Painting

Patti Mollica Painting

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Patti Mollica Painting

Patti Mollica Painting

Patti Mollica Painting

Patti Mollica Painting

COMING SOON: Heavyweight Drawing in Pads

| Drawing | News | Products |

We are excited to be introducing our 400 Series Heavyweight Drawing paper in pad format later this fall!

Heavyweight DrawingArtwork by Sarah Becktel

This buttery cream colored drawing paper has been one of our most popular papers since 1940 and historically has only been available in sheets and rolls. Now we are putting this 100lb (163gsm) paper into 5 sizes of pads:

Heavyweight Drawing sizes

Our Heavyweight Drawing paper features a medium surface with slightly more texture than our bestselling 80lb (130gsm) 400 Series Drawing paper. This allows for greater depth of tone, uniform areas of half tones, and non-mechanical looking cross hatching. It is also durable enough to stand up to repeated erasing and reworking. It is excellent for use with pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, and sketching sticks.

For more information, click here.

Tips for Making Trees with Watercolor

| Artist Tips | Watercolor | Workshops |

Artist Gay Kraeger has loaded Workshop 3 of our free 2014 Online Workshops with all sorts of great tips for watercolor painting. Here are some of her tips from the Week 2 video lesson for making beautiful trees using a “tree machine” (a sponge).

Tree Tutorial

  • Mix a light leaf colored puddle of watercolor. You could include shades of green, or reds, oranges and yellows for fall trees
  • Dip your sponge in the puddle, then stamp it onto watercolor paper in a tree shape. Allow some spaces to paint in the tree branches and trunk. Also think about the type of tree you want to create – tall and skinny, wide and round, bending, etc. The sponge will take care of the leaf detail for you
  • Mix a darker leaf color and stamp some shadows on the under parts of your leaf clumps
  • With brown or tree trunk-colored watercolor, paint in branches between leaf clumps and the trunk
  • Add some darker shadows to the branches and trunk while the paint is still wet
  • When the everything has dried, paint a light, leaf colored watercolor wash over the leaf areas. While that wash is still wet, add a bit of darker color under parts of the leaf areas. This is usually where the shadows are

To register for our Online Workshops and see the video lesson (plus many more fantastic tips and video lessons), click here. Our workshops are free, self-paced, and will remain open until December 31, 2014.

Card Artwork Submission Request!

| Art Requests & Contests | Creative Cards | News |

Iris - Steven LarsenCard by Steven Larsen

Attention Card Artists!

We are requesting submissions of spring or summer themed artwork created on our Greeting Cards! Submit your cards by Friday, December 5, 2014 for a chance to win cash and Strathmore card products!

We will be selecting 3 artists from our spring/summer themed card artwork submissions to receive the following:

  • 1st place: $500 plus $200 retail value of Strathmore card products (chosen by Strathmore)
  • 2nd place: $250 plus $100 retail value of Strathmore card products (chosen by Strathmore)
  • 3rd place: $100 plus $50 retail value of Strathmore card products (chosen by Strathmore)

For more details and to submit your cards, click here.

Learn Over Lunch - Printmaking

| Printmaking | Products |

Every few weeks here at Strathmore we set up a “Learn Over Lunch” session where we get hands on with our products and try out different techniques. Last week we experimented with our new Printmaking Papers…we even got a few members from the finance team to play!

Learn Over Lunch

While we don’t all consider ourselves to be artist, we had a blast using the products and created a variety of prints using different methods.

Some of us worked on Gelli Plates to create colorful monoprints on our new 400 Series Printmaking paper. Gelli Plates are gel printing plates that look and feel like gelatin, but are more durable, reusable, and easy to clean. The process for creating prints on these plates is simple and the possibilities are endless. Our ready-cut sizes of 5”x7” and 8”x10” Printmaking pads in both 300 Series and 400 Series are the perfect match for the Gelli Plates in these sizes.  For more information on how to use Gelli Plates, click here.

Strathmore Printmaking + Gelli Arts

Gelli Prints

We also created traditional relief prints using Speedball blocks and lino cutters. Relief printing is the process of carving an image into a printing plate or block and inking the raised surface. The recessed areas of the plate or block remain ink free, and the image is transferred to a surface to create a print.  We printed on our new 400 Series Printmaking paper which has a soft, strong, and absorbent surface. We also used our Mixed Media Greeting Cards to create prints that are perfect for sharing!

Relief Printing - Cards

Our new Printmaking papers which come in 300 Series Lightweight, 400 Series Heavyweight, and 500 Series 100% Cotton come in a range of convenient sizes and are perfect for beginners, professionals and everyone in-between! Click here to learn more about the full line.

Check out more photos and prints from our Learn Over Lunch session:

Relief Printing - Cards

Learn Over Lunch

Learn Over Lunch

Learn Over Lunch

Learn Over Lunch

Learn Over Lunch

2014 Online Workshops - Student Artwork

| Artist Tips | Books & Art Journals | Workshops |

Our online workshop students have been hard at work! Following Instructor Gay Kraeger’s video lessons within Workshop 3, Watercolor Sketching & Journaling, they’ve been exploring watercolors and trying out different techniques for creating trees, cloudscapes, and beautiful scenery. Take a look at what they’ve been up to:

Betty Turner Loeb
By: Betty Turner Loeb - Smithville, TN - USA



Carol Elder
By: Carol Elder - Pataskala, OH - USA



Joan Smith
By: Joan Smith - Gardiner, NY - USA



Lee Pierce
By: Lee Pierce - Oregon, USA



Stacy Egan
By: Stacy Egan - Tucson, AZ - USA



Susan Settle
By: Susan Settle - Nova Scotia, Canada

If you haven’t registered and seen the videos for yourself, you can do so for free here! Our online workshops are self-paced and will remain open until December 31, 2014. Did we also mention they’re completely free? :)

New Videos: Toned Sketch, Printmaking and an Artist Spotlight

| Featured Artists | News | Printmaking | Products | Toned Paper |

We are excited about 3 new Strathmore videos featuring our Toned Sketch paper, our new Printmaking paper, and an Artist Spotlight video that features Printmaker Ben Rinehart! Click on the 3 images below to see each video.

Toned Sketch Video
Our Toned Sketch paper is now available in a wider range of formats that includes pads, hardbound and softcover art journals, rolls, large sheets, greeting cards with matching envelopes, and Artist Tiles. Watch the video to learn about the entire line:

Strathmore Toned Video


Printmaking Video
We also introduced our new line of Printmaking papers earlier this summer which is availalbe in a lighterweight 300 Series, a heavyweight 400 Series, and a heavyweight, 100% cotton 500 Series paper. Get the full details on the line in our new Printmaking product video:

Printmaking Video


Artist Spotlight Video - Ben Rinehart
Last, check out this Artist Spotlight video featuring Printmaker Ben Rinehart. Ben is an instructor at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. In this video, Ben tells us what inspires him, how he got started in the field of printmaking, and why teaching is so special to him. To see Ben's artwork, visit his site: Ben Rinehart

Artist Spotlight - Ben Rinehart

Strathmore's YouTube Channel

| Artist Tips | Books & Art Journals | Featured Artists | Mixed Media | Technical Paper Info | Toned Paper | Visual Journaling | Workshops |

Did you know we have a YouTube Channel that’s loaded with a growing library of helpful videos?

Strathmore YouTube Channel

We have free video lessons from past instructors of our Online Workshop Series. They feature a variety of topics including mixed media painting, visual journaling, artful card-making, watercolor, sketching & drawing on toned paper, and more.

We also have featured product videos with helpful information on a number of new products.

Subscribe today so you don’t miss out on any future videos… we’re always adding more!
Strathmore YouTube Channel


Toned Sketch in 3 NEW Formats!

| Artist Tiles | Creative Cards | Green Products | News | Products | Toned Paper |

We are excited to introduce our popular Toned Sketch paper in 3 new formats! The warm tan and cool gray papers are now available in:

1. Greeting Cards
2. Artist Tiles
3. Full Sized Sheets

Toned Greeting Cards:Toned Cards
Share your artwork and continue the long-standing tradition of hand-written correspondence with these full-sized toned greeting cards. These heavyweight cards (80lb, 216gsm) measure 5”x6.875” and come with matching toned envelopes.
Click here to learn more about Toned Cards


Toned Artist Tiles:Toned Tiles

Heavyweight Artist Tiles in toned tan and gray make for special surfaces for pattern drawing and meditative art. Using bright highlights and dark shadows in patterns makes drawing and designs pop.  Toned Tiles are available in 4”x4” packs, and are 80lb, 216gsm.
Click here to learn more about Toned Artist Tiles


Toned Sheets:
Zebras on Toned Tan
Art by
Wendy Beresford

Toned Sketch papers in large sheets are perfect for creating larger pieces of art using light and dark media. They are available in 19”x24”, and are 80lb, 118gsm.
Click here to learn more about Toned Sheets

Here’s a reminder of what makes our Toned Sketch papers unique and so fun to work with:

  • Starting your artwork using mid-range tan or gray paper allows for unique sketching & drawing possibilities by providing the middle value that would otherwise need to be rendered by the artist.  
  • A wider range of values from light to dark can be used, and the middle tone makes it easier for the artist to deliberately place shadows and highlights.
  • Keeping the value of the paper as one of the values in the drawing not only saves time, but allows the artist to use graphite or other dark media to push darker values and white pencils or other light media to add highlights, making sketches and drawings pop. 
  • Our Toned papers are 100% recycled, contain 30% post-consumer fiber, and also contain kraft and bark fiber inclusions which adds visual interest.

Also don’t forget about all the other formats that this surface comes in, including pads, hardbound & softcover art journals, and rolls! Learn more about the full line here.

Strathmore Toned Products