Legion Paper is a company started in New York in 1994. For a paper making company, that's actually quite young. But when I saw the variety of paper they make, I was blown away.
This box set that I bought is a limited edition set created to raise money for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. All proceeds will go to the fund.
The limited edition box has 11 types of paper as samples. So it's a good opportunity for me to test out some of their paper.
The paper pads in the box were small. 2.5 by 3.5 inches only. There's another box set that sells the 9 x 12 inch paper pads but that was promptly sold out so I had to get the box with the small pads instead.
The pads in the box were
- Yupo Translucent
- Yupo Medium
- Yupo Heavy
- Stonehenge Light
- Stonehenge White
- Stonehenge Warm White
- Stonehenge Colors
- Stonehenge Kraft
- Lenox Cotton
- Stonehenge Aqua Hotpress
- Stonehenge Aqua Coldpress
Let's go through the papers one by one.
Yupo is a paper that I've never seen or used people. It's such an unique paper.
The paper is made of synthetic (polypropylene) substrate with non-porous surface that repels water. It is bright white and very smooth. The material is like matte plastic cut into really thin sheets.
Because the surface repels water, this paper is not suitable for use with ink and water-based media and watercolour.
YUPO gives visual artists an amazingly beautiful canvas to work with. Its bright white, smooth finish gives artists the flexibility to work in several different mediums to achieve unique and creative results.
Here I've used graphite, coloured pencils and alcohol markers (Copic).
I'm quite surprised that it can handle graphic because it's so smooth. But it certainly cannot handle layers well because the paper has no tooth to get grab onto more pigment.
For the coloured pencils, I applied yellow first, followed by red over the yellow. The red wasn't able to layer on top of the yellow which I found really interesting. The texture on the paper just cannot take on more than one layer of coloured pencils.
As for alcohol markers, they draw a bit more slowly compared to using them on normal cartridge paper. It's also very difficult to blend the markers because the paper does not absorb the ink so you cannot layer another layer of ink. When you try to blend the different shades of marker inks, they just mix together.
The first coloured swatch was created with Caran d Ache Neocolor, the oil wax pastel. Surprisingly, I was able to add another layer over the first. I think this has got to do with the texture created by the pastel rather than the non-existent texture on the paper.
You can certainly use pen and ink on Yupo paper, but because it repels water and liquids, the ink is not going to dry. And if ink does not dry, they are going to smudge when you accidentally run your fingers or palm over them.
The wetter the media, the more likely it's going to not dry.
This is how watercolour looks like on Yupo paper. The colours look really weak because the paper does not absorb water and the wash is really thin. I had to dry the watercolour using some hot air (from my computer), but even so, some parts are still quite sticky.
This was what happened when I wiped it with some wet tissue. You can clean away almost all the paint. The paper can look as good as new.
Yupo paper is really an interesting paper. I'm not sure what it's good for.
And if you want to make your drawing permanent on Yupo, you have to use fixative. But before you use fixative, do test your fixative and your media on some scrap paper first to make sure there aren't any surprises, e.g. like ink breaking up.
Yupo Translucent and Medium
Both Yupo Translucent and Medium perform similarly to Yupo Heavy with the only difference being the paper weight. Yupo transparent is 153gsm, Medium is 200gsm and Heavy is 390gsm.
This is paper inspired by paper grocery bags. I must admit I was amused by they describe the paper.
This paper is 100% cotton, That's a surprise because I don't really see brown-coloured cotton paper often. It's quite thick at 250gsm.
Some people like to use toned paper for drawing because you can add highlights and shadows easily. You can do that here with Stonehenge Kraft but note that the paper is thick, so you can certainly draw on it, but I'm not sure if it would be the most appropriate paper to draw on. It seems like it's more suitable for use as a mixed media paper.
Stonehenge Aqua Coldpress
Stonehenge Aqua is 300gsm 100% cotton watercolour paper. This paper has a rougher surface compared to all other paper in box set. By coldpress standards, it's has the usual level of roughness. The pattern is not discernible so that's good.
When graphite and coloured pencils are used on it, they are not able to cover the white of the paper because of the rough texture.
With brush pen, you also get the rough edges easily.
As a watercolour paper, it works fine. There's nothing too good or bad that I can talk about. I only used the paper that I have to create colour swatches so I can't say much. I need to get larger sheets to really test them out.
From what I can see so far, the colours can spread better compared to non-watercolour paper, such as the Stonehenge drawing paper.
Stonehenge Aqua Hotpress
The Stonehenge Aqua Hotpress version features smoother paper texture. It's still 300gsm 100% cotton paper we're talking about so it's durable for multiple layers of watercolour.
When you draw on it with pencil, ink, brush pens and crayon, it feels exactly the same as drawing on Stonehenge non-watercolour paper. So in this aspect, you're not really taking advantage of the watercolour paper. Because the paper is thick, you can also use mixed media on it.
In the Stonehenge series of paper, there are many types of paper that differ by paper weight and colour of the paper. But in general, they are meant for drawing, mostly for draw media work.
Stonehenge Light features 135gsm 100% cotton paper. It's quite thin and functions as typical cartridge paper.
You can use light washes on the paper and the water will not bleed through, but because the paper is so thick, it's going to buckle when it's wet. The 100% cotton does make the paper feel durable, but because the paper is thin, it's best not to apply too many layers of paint on it.
The paper is not the best paper for watercolour although it can take light washes. With paper like this, watercolour paints typically do not spread well. Meaning, it's not easy if you want to paint a nice gradated wash.
Stonehenge Warm White
Stonehenge Warm White, as the name implies, has paper that is off-white. There's a slight warm tone to it. You could also say that it has a cream-like colour on it. The paper is 250gsm, and it's 100% cotton.
For drawing performance, it performs very similarly to Stonehenge Light.
This is similar to Stonehenge Light except it's available in 135gsm and 250gsm. It's still a 100% cotton paper.
Stonehenge Colors is like the other Stonehenge drawing paper but comes with various colours in the pad. The colours are mostly light colours.
Stonehenge Lenox Cotton
Lenox Cotton is an interesting paper. By now, you may have noticed that all the paper mentioned above are all 100% cotton paper. Lenox is also a 100% cotton paper at 250gsm.
This paper is slightly more textured than Stonehenge Light, Warm White. So it's more like light-medium grain paper texture.
The interesting thing about this paper is when you use it with watercolour. It's like the paper is quite dry. It will soak in the watercolour and still show some white of the paper. The extra whiteness makes the colours less vibrant compared to watercolour paper. I've used some other watercolour paper before that are as dry and I don't like them.
Lenox Cotton will probably work better has mixed media paper.
You can click on these images to see a larger view.
Top row left to right: Yupo Translucent, Yupo Medium, Yupo Heavy, Stonehenge Kraft, Lenox Cotton.
Bottom row left to right: Stonehenge Light, White, Warm White, Colors, Stonehenge Aqua Coldpress, Stonehenge Aqua Hotpress
I like that Legion Paper has so many variety of paper you can choose from, so regardless of what media you use, there's probably the best type of paper for your usage.
I'll probably buy some of the large sheets or pads to try out in greater detail in the future. As of right now, I can say that the papers in this box set are all quality paper, you just need to pick one for the media that you use.
Stonehenge is an affordable paper that offers archival qualities at a machine-made price. Made in the USA from buffered, acid-free 100% cotton, this versatile paper has a smooth, flawless vellum surface with a slight tooth and a fine, even grain.Is Stonehenge paper good for graphite? ›
Stonehenge Paper – This paper will hold up to ink and graphite, but it's slightly pricey. Printer paper – This paper is good for rough sketches and working out your ideas. Daler-Rowney Artists' Sketch Pads – These are heavy-weight papers that work well with both pens and pencils.What is Stonehenge paper good for? ›
Stonehenge is a traditional fine art paper with a smooth, flawless surface that is slightly mottled to resemble actual vellum. Use it for watercolor, printmaking, pen-and-ink, pencil, or pastel. Stonehenge is machine-made in the United States, from 100% cotton fibers. It's acid-free.Is Stonehenge paper good for Watercolour? ›
It's sized internally and externally with synthetic sizing. Each sheet has 2 deckled edges and 2 cut edges. This fine art paper is suitable not only for watercolor but also for silkscreen, pastel, charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, pen and ink, calligraphy, and letterpress.Who makes Legion paper? ›
This specialty paper manufacturer become part of one of the largest paper manufacturing groups when in 2002 it was acquired by Fedrigoni S.p.A headquartered in Verona, Italy.What does it mean if paper is archival? ›
So, what exactly is archival paper? Archival paper is a permanent, durable, acid-free paper, intended to last a very long time. It is typically broken down into two categories, conservation-grade and archival-grade.What is the best quality art paper? ›
- Epson Premium Presentation Paper MATTE (spoiler alert: NO) ...
- 60 lb River Linen 2.0. ...
- 64 lb Aurora White. ...
- 60 lb Canvas White. ...
- 60 lb Premium Matte Plus. ...
- 66 lb Palo Duro Satin. ...
- 75 lb Arctic Polar Luster. ...
- 88 lb Polar Matte Magna (50 sheets - 8x10)
'Cartridge' is the standard type of paper that artists use for graphite drawing. It has just enough tooth (grain), to produce a pleasing slightly textured pencil line. Most sketch pads are white but some brands produce an off-white which is warmer.
In general, hot-press watercolor paper works fantastically well with colored pencils – and is usually heavy enough for solvents and most wet media – so feel free to try some other brands. Next is Legion Stonehenge Paper, which is available in single sheets and pads.Where is legion Stonehenge paper made? ›
Stonehenge comes in many different colors. It is made in the USA and is an excellent paper to be used by the artist community.
Stonehenge Aqua Watercolor Pad, 140lb, Hot Press, 7 x 10 Inches, White, 15 Sheets.What paper do professional watercolor artists use? ›
Cotton Paper: Watercolor paper made from cotton is the standard among professional watercolorists. Cotton is less susceptible to warping while also providing a much more consistent texture to the surface. Cotton paper can be mold made (machine made) or handmade.What is the roughest watercolor paper? ›
As one might expect, rough surface paper is the roughest texture paper available. It is pressed between sheets of textured felt during the drying process, which is why it has a felt like texture. The heavier ingrain of texture means that granulating (irregular colour application) effects are enhanced.What is the best paper for ink and watercolor? ›
In general, watercolour papers are made from one of two materials; cotton or wood pulp. 100% cotton papers are professional quality, and are considered to offer the very best painting surface. Cotton gives incomparable stability and ensures that you work will stand the test of time.What paper do professionals use? ›
Fine art papers are usually made in the range of 120gsm to 850gsm. Oriental papers tend to be lighter weight. Drawing papers are more commonly 130gsm weight but the heavier weight Snowdon Cartridge 300gsm is immensely popular. Thicker paper can cope with more erasing and mark making.Which paper is best for art and craft? ›
Vellum. This is a translucent paper with many different uses for fine art and craft projects. It can be used to protect artwork, used with cards and letters to add decorative elements, and used as a tracing paper. It accepts pastels, chalk, colored pencils, graphite, and markers.What is the best A4 paper brand? ›
- 1 Hammermill A4 Paper – Best Overall.
- 2 Double A A4 Printer Paper – Best Price.
- 3 Koala Sublimation A4 Paper – Best Transfer Rate.
- 4 Desktop A4 Paper – Best Quality.
- 5 Rolurious A4 Paper Sheets – Best Color Saturation.
Generally speaking, good quality paper stored in good conditions (cooler temperatures; 30-40% relative humidity) are able to last a long time -- even hundreds of years.What is the difference between acid-free paper and regular paper? ›
Acid-free papers are made using alkaline paper making technology. This means the pH of the pulp that is used to form the paper is above 7 (neutral). The paper is also buffered with an alkaline reserve, such as calcium carbonate, to neutralize acid compounds absorbed from the atmosphere or formed through natural aging.How long will Archival paper last? ›
Pigment inkjet prints on archival quality paper could last with no visible fading for 75 - 400+ years, depending on quality of framing and display conditions. Silver gelatin fiber prints properly processed, framed, and displayed could last several hundred years or more.
Because of its strength and durability, scrim paper is used to wrap heavy materials including lumber and steel. Scrim in the paper reinforces it to avoid rips and tears that would occur with regular paper when sharp edges or corners come into contact with the packaging.Which paper lasts the longest? ›
Alkaline paper has a life expectancy of over 1,000 years for the best paper and 500 years for average grades. The making of alkaline paper has several other advantages in addition to the preservation benefits afforded to the publications and documents printed on it.Which paper is best for writing? ›
Japanese paper is going to be your highest-quality paper to pick from.Does graphite leave a mark on paper? ›
It leaves a black trace of writing on paper because it consists of layers of carbon atoms that: A.How many times can you reuse graphite paper? ›
You can reuse graphite paper a few times before the graphite wears out, so it's economical to save a sheet and use it a few times!Why does graphite leave a mark on paper? ›
Molecules Make the Mark
Each tiny piece of pencil lead is made up of many molecules of graphite. Graphite molecules are flat groups of carbon atoms that are stacked in layers. The layers slide against each other and allow the lead to slide off the pencil point and onto the paper.
Writing and drawing with graphite pencils
Anyone with more experience in writing and drawing will usually choose a pencil with the medium degree of hardness HB; some feel most comfortable with the degree of hardness F. People who want to express themselves artistically use soft pencils of hardness grades 2B to 8B.
Trace paper is used by many architects on a daily basis when designing and sketching by hand — Bob Borson of Life of an Architect swears by it. It's very useful to be able to overlay plans, sections and elevational compositions on top of each other. Trace paper is great for detail or rough sketch work.Is drawing on paper harder than digital? ›
While a drawing may take dozens of hours if done on paper, it may take significantly less than 10 if done on a digital drawing tablet.What is the best liquid to blend colored pencils? ›
Baby Oil - Baby oil has always been a popular choice for blending colored pencils. The oil dissolves the binder of the pencil allowing it to be spread easily over the surface. Baby oil is safe, odorless, and easily spread with a soft brush.
Winsor & Newton Artists' Fixative
This workable fixative is an excellent choice for artists who work in graphite, pastel, pencil, and chalk. It offers great smudge and dust protection after you spray over a layer, drying quite rapidly so you can lay down the next layer.
You can color with the side of the pencil, without pressing down too hard, in the shape of a circle. Draw a shadow coming from the ball. Apply strokes in layers to try and achieve a gradual transition of tones from light to dark (from highlight to shadow).Is Arches paper made by Canson? ›
Canson® Infinity ARCHES® Aquarelle Rag 310gsm - Matte.
I work exclusively on watercolor paper now, a big challenge was finding the right paper for the kind of work I wanted to do. Getting very dark tones in graphite is very tricky.Is Canson paper any good? ›
Great paper for painting! I tested 6 kinds of paper for painting and Canson was the best, imo. It is all I buy now. This pad is textured like canvas, heavy in weight, doesn't dry paint too quickly and is a great value.Is cold pressed or hot pressed paper better? ›
It just depends if you're looking to have extra texture and character added to your piece, then it's best to use cold pressed paper. But if you want a more smooth and versatile surface that can also be with pen, ink and graphite, it's best to use hot pressed watercolour paper.Which is smoother hot or cold press paper? ›
In a nutshell, the terms “hot press” and “cold press” refer to the paper's surface finish or texture. Cold pressed paper has a slightly bumpy, textured surface. But hot pressed paper has a smooth surface finish. You will also hear artists talking about the tooth of the paper.What is the best thickness for watercolor paper? ›
What is a Good Weight for Watercolor Paper. For me (and a lot of other watercolor artists) the best watercolor paper weight is: 140 lb / 300 gsm. This weight is not too thin and not too thick.Is heavier watercolor paper better? ›
Most watercolor papers come in three different weights- 90lb., 140lb., and 300lb. 90lb sheet is better for drawing techniques but not ideal for heavy watercolor. 140lb is most commonly used, but may buckle without stretching. 300lb could withstand more water and is better when using a heavy wash or soaking the sheet.What is the best watercolor brand? ›
- M. Graham Artists' Watercolours. ...
- Sennelier French Artists' Watercolour Half Pans. ...
- Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolours. ...
- Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolour Tubes. ...
- Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolours. ...
- Winsor and Newton Cotman Watercolour Half Pans.
- Muddy colours. One of the most common issues watercolour painters face when starting out is a mistake known as “making mud”. ...
- Unwanted back-runs. ...
- Loss of luminosity. ...
- Unnatural Objects. ...
- Wrong sized brush. ...
- Bleeding. ...
Watercolour is hard due to its unpredictable nature. Watery pigment flows wherever it wants, which makes it difficult to control. And since watercolour is translucent and appears lighter once the pigment has dried, it's hard to fix mistakes because they show through the layers.Should I wet my watercolor paper before painting? ›
Most watercolor paper needs to be stretched before it can be used as a good painting surface and to ensure that it won't crinkle when your paints dry. You can stretch the paper a day in advance for a perfect, smooth finish, or if you're in a hurry, wet the paper a few minutes before you start painting.Do you ink before or after watercolor? ›
Inking before watercolor saves time. I find that the ink from a pen dries much faster and I can add watercolor in just a few minutes. However, waiting for watercolor to dry before adding ink can take a while.What's the difference between cold and hot pressed watercolor paper? ›
Cold press allows for some lifting of the paint once it has dried; hot press allows for more lifting and alteration. Because of the way that light refracts on the two textures, cold press paintings aren't as vivid as hot press paintings. Cold press is absorbent and dries quickly.What is the difference between regular paper and watercolor paper? ›
Most standard paper uses recycled wood shavings alone or mixed with a small amount of cotton – to create it's super fine and thin appearance. However, watercolor paper – since it uses water – needs to be more absorbent than traditional paper. This is why watercolor paper uses cotton intertwined in it's fibers.Is Stonehenge paper acid-free? ›
Stonehenge fine art papers are 100% cotton, with a smooth, flawless, slightly mottled surface to resemble vellum. They are acid-free, buffered with calcium carbonate to help protect artwork from contaminated environments.Can you paint on Stonehenge paper? ›
Stonehenge comes in many different colors. It is made in the USA and is an excellent paper to be used by the artist community. You can use this paper for hand lithography, intaglio, letterpress, offset, pen and ink, pastels, charcoal, relief printing, silkscreen, watercolor and stationery.Is archival paper Same as acid-free? ›
Many people seem to think that acid-free paper and archival papers are the same thing, but that is in fact wrong! Acid-free papers are made with the same technology that make alkaline paper, but this doesn't necessarily mean they are the same.What is Stonehenge paper made of? ›
Stonehenge is a traditional fine art paper with a smooth, flawless surface that is slightly mottled to resemble actual vellum. Suitable for watercolour, printmaking, pen-and-ink, pencil or pastel. Stonehenge is machine-made in the United States, from 100% cotton fibres. It's acid free.
18" x 24" White XL Heavyweight Mixed Media Paper is an acid-free, heavyweight paper that is great to use with a variety of mediums such as, acrylic, watercolor, pen and pencil. Fine in texture, this paper allows for easy erasability and seamless blending. Use with both wet and dry media!Why do artists use acid-free paper? ›
Acid free archival paper can last more than 1000 years and is used in situations where art or documents require a longer life without becoming yellow or breaking down. It's also used commonly in the long term archival storage of art, documents and textiles.Can you use Sharpies to draw on rocks? ›
But should you use Sharpies to draw on rocks? It depends. If you're just looking for a quick fun rock craft to do with kids, then Regular Sharpies will work. But if you want to make painted rocks that last without fading and can be placed outside, you'll be way better off using one of the other markers above.What paint is best used on paper? ›
Well, acrylics are one type of paint that tick pretty much all the boxes when it comes to appropriate surfaces on which you can paint: canvas, board, paper, and even some more obscure options like leather – you name it, acrylic can paint on it.What paints to use on paper? ›
Acrylic paint works well for: paper, poster board, paper maché, Styrofoam, primed metal, terracotta, bisque, plaster, resin, wood, canvas, and more. Acrylics are often used for tole painting and stenciling. Enamel paints work better than acrylic on glass and other non-porous surfaces.What kind of paper lasts the longest? ›
Alkaline paper has a life expectancy of over 1,000 years for the best paper and 500 years for average grades. The making of alkaline paper has several other advantages in addition to the preservation benefits afforded to the publications and documents printed on it.How do you remove acid from paper? ›
From an elementary chemical point of view, if acid is causing decomposition, the solution is to deacidify it. This involves washing paper in a bath of mild alkali such as calcium hydroxide, calcium hydrogen carbonate or magnesium hydrogen carbonate.How long will acidic paper last? ›
Acidic papers have a pH below 7.0. Think of your newspaper, for example, which is based on the lower pH levels. Carefully stored, it can have a life expectancy of up to 20 years. Left to light and air which trigger its deterioration, it may last only a few weeks.How is Stonehenge paper made? ›
Stonehenge was created in 1972 specifically as a 100% cotton deckled paper for the printmaking community, made to rival the more expensive European mouldmade papers. It was quickly adopted not just by printmakers, but by artists across working in a broad spectrum of media.What is a Kent paper? ›
Kent paper is paper that derives its name from the Kent region in England. In most cases it is made entirely from chemical pulp. It is very smooth, has a moderate amount of elasticity and thickness, and is well-suited for many drawing materials and writing instruments, including pencils, pens, and water-soluble paints.
- Arches Watercolor, Hotpress.
- Legion Stonehenge Drawing Paper.
- Strathmore 400 Series Pastel Paper – Assorted Colors.
- Strathmore 400 Series Drawing Paper.
- Canson Classic Cream Drawing Paper.
- Strathmore Bristol Pad – Plate.
- Strathmore 400 Series Bristol Smooth Surface.