if you need cheaper paper, a3/a2 pads of craft paper are good too.
it's that brown wrapping paper sliced and binded nicely for artists.
you can use it with both dark charcoal and light conte/chalk, so it's a win/win
I have just worked out the difference in drawing pads from US and UK
For a drawing of pad 500 sheets of smooth from the USA it will cost £8
In the UK it costs £115 !!!!
That's incredible! Do your butchers use paper to wrap? I know we buy huge rolls of it. Check to see if any art schools are throwing away or selling used supplies. You wouldn't believe how many 1/4 or half used pads are around.
That's funny! I was sure this was a typo, but checking with the supplier, the price seems to be correct. Strathmore 300 is listed as a heavier newsprint, which explains some of the difference, but not all. I am buying newsprint pads for $1.50 here, and I am totally clueless why I cannot find a decent supplier in the uk. Your best bet might be paxkaging industry, like http://www.onlinepackagingshop.co.uk...t-offcuts.html
Shipping from Dick Blick 70 dollars so thats out the window. I just bought the amazon one for now since its a drawing pad. As a one off payment its not bad then I have something to compare to. I can get cheap pads here its just people seem to think conte goes really nicely on newsprint.
I might be fine with the cheap cartridge pads we have here for life drawing, but its nice to have something you guys use for comparison
Thats interesting that you cant get hold of newsprint so easily here in the UK. When I was at college, we used it all the time and it seemed pretty plentiful. But that was about ten years ago so maybe things have changed.
After a quick bit of searching, you're right. It's not available on my usual online art store and I couldnt find much on google. Just this place in England that produces newsprint for newspaper companies -