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.

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

100 Series Youth - Art Papers for Kids!

| Kids Art Materials | Products |

Youth Sketchbook

Did you know we have a complete line of products designed for the young artist?

Providing quality materials for artists has always been top of mind at Strathmore, and that’s no exception when it comes to kids products. We believe the best way to nurture talent and enhance the creative process is to provide materials that work and give kids the best possible results.

We’ve got a wide range of paper types that allow young artists to explore their interests and develop their craft. Take a look at the full line which includes items like Drawing pads, Sketchbooks, Paint pads, Imagination Packs, Story Drawing Books, Art Journal Kits, Construction pads, Marker pads and Mixed Media pads.

Specially marked products include two project ideas on the inside covers with instructions to help get the creative juices flowing.

We also have a page packed with art project ideas and simple instructions. Check out the example below and see the full page with more projects here!

Sunflowers Project


Summer Artist Newsletter

| Artist Tips | FAQ | Featured Artists | Newsletter | Printmaking | Products |

By Gail PiazzaThe Summer Edition of our Artist Newsletter is here!


In this Issue:

My Muse by Gail Piazza

Featured Artist Gail Piazza's M.O. from early in her career has been illustrating stories through the expression on children’s faces. See some of her favorite pieces where she’s captured the intensity and emotion behind her subjects eyes. Also get an in-depth look at her process with information ranging from types of materials used, video demonstrations, tips on lighting your subject, and more.

2014 Online Workshop Series

Workshop 3 of our 2014 Online Workshop Series starts on September 1! In this workshop entitled Watercolor Sketching & Journaling Artist Gay Kraeger will start by showing you the basics, then move into using quick sketches, page design, lettering and more watercolor techniques to give you all the tools you need to keep a special illustrated journal of your surroundings. Register and get started for free today! Workshop 1 and 2 are already availalbe for viewing, and the workshops will remain open until December 31, 2014. Get more details in the Artist Newsletter.

Featured Product: Strathmore Printmaking

We’re excited about our new, complete line of Printmaking papers for recreational, student and professional artists! Learn more in the Artist Newsletter on the full line which includes 300 Series Lightweight Printmaking paper, 400 Series Heavyweight Printmaking paper, and 500 Series RiverPoint®100% cotton Printmaking paper.

Questions from our Website

In this issue we explain how paper weight is measured in both pounds and grams per square meter. Also see our helpful chart with common basis sizes and weights for various fine art papers.


Bronx Girls
WIP by Gail Piazza