I’ve had some serious fun learning the best techniques when using toned paper in the last few months. When I got the idea to compare and contrast the most available brands, I hadn’t realized how totally addictive making art on toned paper would be. I am so grateful to the companies who provided product for these reviews. Hahnemühle generously sent two Grey Book sketchbooks, one of each size, A4 (8″x12″) & A5 (6″x8″).
Each sketchbook has 40 acid free sheets/80 pages. The 120 gsm paper is a fully opaque light grey color. I found that I could not see though the paper, even using bright light and no pen work showed through at all. This allows for use of both sides of a sheet. The paper is best used with dry media like watercolor pencils, pencil crayons, fountain pens, acrylic markers, graphite and other waterbased pens. I also used a Signo white gel pen for highlights if the white watercolor pencil wasn’t white enough. The paper is so wonderfully smooth, it took many layers… READ MORE