I received this email-note from a Draw Page Friend
who purchased one of the Instant Download Draw Books.
It’s about the type of paper to use to print the PDF.
I sent Cherry an email to answer her question but I thought maybe others are thinking the same question.
So, let me answer for you also.
1. Do I recommend a particular paper?
I do use a particular paper.
Most (not all) printers will print on a heavier stock. I use Neenah Exact Vellum Bristol.
But, I am pretty sure you could buy something at a craft store or office supply that would work. Basically all you really need is a heavier paper with a little ‘tooth’ in it. By tooth, I mean paper that isn’t slick or shiny…one that accepts pencil easily and erases cleanly.
Again, I usually use: Neenah Exact Vellum Bristol. I get it on Amazon or at Office Max, or from other paper stores.
2. Is copy paper okay?
But, if the paper becomes too frustrating and un-fun to work on you can always buy a small sketch book (or pack of sketch-paper) and work from the lessons that you print on regular copy paper. Just DRAW and COLOR on the better paper.
But, yes, you can print it on regular copy paper and it’ll work just fine! And most beginners can certainly draw & color on copy paper fairly easily.
3. Is the Draw Book paper-version on much better paper?
Yes, it is on the Neenah Exact Vellum Bristol. It’s very nice to work on, and goes through my printer quite easily.
When you buy one of the sketch-book copies of a Draw Book, it is printed on this thicker drawing-like paper. It accepts pencil well, and erases cleanly.
But here are a few more tips:
Some people never even print the book out (maybe some of the puzzles or coloring sheets, but not the lessons) and they work directly from the iPad or PC. Sitting in front of tablet or computer with the sketch paper on the table top to draw on.
A good paper is important especially when you see your youngsters getting interested in their finished project. You don’t have to get entire sets of expensive products, but getting a couple quality tools and materials can be a lot more fun and a lot less frustrating. You’d have to judge that with individuals and how important it is to each.
Having an actual sketchbook per person is always nice, as you can date all of the sketches and keep record of how you are coming along. And have record of when you try something twice or make something a different way.
Happy Drawing, Coloring & Printing!
The Summer Garden Draw Book Instant Download is a fun one to start with.