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1. Canson XL Series Mix Paper Pad, Heavyweight, Fine Texture, Heavy Sizing for Wet and Dry Media, Side Wire
Promising review: “I’m really enjoying this paper! I use it mostly for watercolors. Its weight prevents bleeding through to the backside, which is fantastic. It’s durable and withstands multiple layers/applications of paint and water. It doesn’t absorb the water immediately, which is great, since I really love that drippy, splattery look. The water does make the paper bend and curl, but I’ve found using a steam iron with the paper in between a bed sheet makes most of the wrinkles, at least the prominent ones, disappear.” By Annie
Get it from Amazon for $7.25.
2. Strathmore 455-3 400 Series Sketch Pad, 9″x12″ Wire Bound, 100 Sheets
Promising review: “I am a graphic designer and I’ve had sketchbooks nearby since the 1970s. I like this sketchbook for several reasons. First of all, the paper quality is great for pencil drawing. It is very smooth. I also like the nice wire binder which makes it easy to open and fold back so the pad is very compact.” By R. Baker
Get it from Amazon for $13.51.
3. Artist’s Choice Sketch Pad,75 Sheets, Pack of 2
Promising review: “Very nice quality paper with a good amount of tooth to it. Will work perfectly for graphite, but I imagine they’d work very well for other mediums as well. The perforation is some of the best I’ve ever seen or used, and I appreciated the obviously well-crafted spiral binding and thick, heavy covers on the front and back.” By E. Stafford
Get it from Amazon for $12.99.
4. Strathmore Tan Drawing 400 Series Toned Sketch Pad, 9″x12″, 50 Sheets
Promising review: “Really great paper, highly recommended for colored pencil work. The perforations ensure that the sheets separate cleanly when you pull them out, too. I will probably buy the Toned Gray paper soon because my experience with the tan has been awesome.” By M
Get it from Amazon for $10.29.
5. Canson (100510941) XL Series Watercolor Pad, 9″ x 12″, Fold-Over Cover, 30 Sheets
Promising review: “My kids love love love watercolor, and we go through the paper at our home. The price on this product fluctuates quite a bit so keep it in your cart for a bit and watch it – when it dips under $7 I stock up. This is a nice heavy weight, with light texturing to it. I like this large size because I can cut it in half or quarter it and the kids still have a nice size surface to work with. I am puzzled at the poor reviews. To be fair, we don’t super soak/saturate the paper normally. But it does NOT dull colors and it does NOT pile on us. Perhaps that’s because my children aren’t using any advanced techniques on the paper. I have worked with Strathmore paper before and did not find it noticeably different in how much it warps or how it absorbs color, but again – we are novice painters. :)” By kemilie
Get it from Amazon for $5.97.
6. Strathmore Tan Drawing 400 Series Toned Sketch Pad, 5.5″x8.5″, 50 Sheets
Promising review: “This sketchbook is just PERFECT for when youre using color pencils! I use prismacolor premier colored pencils on them as well as gelly roll pens and I am impressed with the grain of the paper! The pencils glide smoothly along the paper! By far the best paper I’ve ever tried!” By Jaqueline Vargas
Get it from Amazon for $9.61.
7. Melissa & Doug Sketch Pad (9 x 12 inches) – 50 Sheets, 2-Pack
Promising review: “Highly recommend these sketch pads for kids! The paper is thick enough to hold up to painting and very durable when it comes to erasing. Will definitely order more of these. They shipped quickly and arrived in great condition.” By KEM
Get it from Amazon for $7.99.
8. Canson XL Series Oil and Acrylic Paper Pad, Bleed Proof Canvas Like Texture, Fold Over, 136 pound, 9 x 12 Inch
Promising review: “I love painting on this Canson paper! It’s 9×12, and I use it folded in half to make a card. It makes a sturdy, 6×9 card. (It could certainly be framed by the recipient, but 6×9 is not a standard size, so you could always cut 1″ off the long side before you fold/paint it, to make 6×8).” By Karen in the Lou
Get it from Amazon for $16.83.
9. Fashion Angels Fashion Design Sketch Portfolio (11451) Full Size Sketch Book, Fashion Coloring for Kids,Brown/A
Promising review: “This book is pretty cool. I got it for my 5 year old and she’s not really able to use it to its maximum potential but that hasn’t stopped her from enjoying it. It’s probably better suited for an older kid.” By Lizz
Get it from Amazon for $11.99.
10. U.S. Art Supply 9″ x 12″ Premium Spiral Bound Sketch Pad, (Pack of 2 Pads) Each Pad has 100-Sheets, 60 Pound
Promising review: “Good deal on a pair of very convenient sketch tablets. And these are SKETCH tablets – not watercolor paper. I’ve written and sketched on them with Uniball roller pens and with a good fountain pen, and neither has bled through.” By William M
Get it from Amazon for $18.96.