FAQ Answer

Can you explain your series numbers?

At Strathmore, we classify our papers with “Series” number. This is our way of categorizing our fine art papers with the intent of helping the artist determine what paper or Series best suits their needs. The Series also help clarify which level each of our papers fit into.

Selecting the right paper is one of the most important decisions an artist makes. Every artist has different needs, which is why we developed our Series classification system to help artists decide what works best for them. Their Series numbers include:

100 Series – Youth
200 Series – Skills
200 Series – Good
300 Series – Better
400 Series – Best
400 Series Recycled – Best
Windpower® Series - Best
500 Series – Premium

We have papers in a very broad range of grades, weights, formats, and finishes and our Series numbers help indicate which level each paper type falls into. The Series are defined as:

100 Series – Youth
Designed for ages 5 and up with the right paper types and product featured that enhance the creative process. We believe providing artist quality materials to kids is the best way to nurture talent and ignite a lifelong love of art.

200 Series – Skills
Paper for Practice – Paper weights and convenient pad formats designed for frequent use and lots of practice. Features include pads with higher sheet counts, a heavy-duty chip board backing, larger wire to accommodate pad expansion as it’s used, and 30% post-consumer fiber in every pad.

200 Series – Good
Good quality paper at a great price that’s economical enough for daily use. The broad range of papers is a great starting point for beginning artists.

300 Series – Better
Better quality paper designed for quick studies and practice of techniques with any media, as well as for final artwork by beginning or student artist.

400 Series – Best
Best quality with superior sheet formation, harder surfaces and a variety of textures that work with a wider range of media and styles. Perfect for advanced artists.

400 Series Recycled – Best
Best quality recycled paper contains post-consumer fiber that is rated Grade A for cleanliness. Strathmore supports environmental solutions that don’t compromise paper performance, appearance, or price. Perfect for advanced artists.

Windpower® Series -Best
Windpower® paper products converted by Strathmore® are certified through the Green-e® Marketplace Program administered by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions based in San Francisco, CA. The Green-e logo is an assurance that we purchase Certified Renewable Energy. In addition, these papers are manufactured at a paper mill that purchases 100% Wind Renewable Energy Certificate Products towards the production of these papers.

500 Series – Premium
Premium quality, professional grade fine art papers. All papers are archival quality, acid free and manufactured with cotton fiber for enhanced surface durability and exceptional results. Perfect for professional artists.

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