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Strathmore 455-3, 400 Series Sketch Pad, 9"x12" Wire Bound, 100 Sheets, White
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The Strathmore brand name began to appear on fine art papers in 1899 and quickly became known as one of the highest quality art papers used by many leading artists around the world. Strathmore has kept this reputation as a supplier of fine art paper for over a century continuing to provide artists of all levels with the ideal surface for producing beautiful works of art.
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Strathmore 400 Series Sketch Paper is a general purpose sketch pad intended for practice of techniques, quick studies and preliminary drawing with any dry media. Each pad contains 100 sheets of 9x12" micro-perforated, heavyweight sketch paper ideal for a wide variety of dry media. Strathmore artist pads feature sturdy constuction including heavy gauge, double spiral bindings and heavyweight chipboard backing. The fine tooth surface paper is acid free which prevents yellowing over time that can occur with lesser quality artist papers. This product is manufactured in the United States.
Strathmore 400 Series products include best quality with superior sheet formation, harder surfaces, and a variety of textures that work with a wider range of media and styles. Perfect for advanced artists.
|Strathmore 200 Series Sketch Pad||Strathmore 300 Series Sketch Pad||Strathmore 400 Series Sketch Pad||Strathmore 400 Series Recycled Sketch Pad||Strathmore 400 Series Toned Gray Sketch Pad||Strathmore 400 Series Toned Tan Sketch Pad|
|Product Type||Sketch Paper||Sketch Paper||Sketch Paper||Sketch Paper||Toned Sketch Paper||Toned Sketch Paper|
|Weight||50 lb. | 74 gsm||50 lb. | 74 gsm||60 lb. | 89 gsm||60 lb. | 89 gsm||80 lb. | 118 gsm||80 lb. | 118 gsm|
|Surface||Fine Tooth Surface||Fine Tooth Surface||Fine Tooth Surface||Fine Tooth Surface||Medium Surface||Medium Surface|
|Paper Color||White||White||White||White||Toned Gray||Toned Tan|
|Size||8.5" x 11"||9" x 12"||9" x 12"||9" x 12"||9" x 12"||9" x 12"|
|Quantity||100 Sheets||100 Sheets||100 Sheets||100 Sheets||50 Sheets||50 Sheets|
|Binding||Wire Bound||Wire Bound||Wire Bound||Wire Bound||Wire Bound||Wire Bound|
|Strathmore 300 Series Newsprint Pad||Strathmore 300 Series Drawing Pad||Strathmore Hardbound Sketch Art Journal||Strathmore 400 Series Drawing Pad||Strathmore 400 Series Colored Pencil Pad|
|Product Type||Newsprint Paper||Drawing Paper||Hardbound Sketch Book||Drawing Paper||Colored Pencil Paper|
|Weight||32 lb. | 52 gsm||70 lb. | 114 gsm||60 lb. | 89 gsm||80 lb | 130 gsm||100 lb. | 163 gsm|
|Surface||Rough Surface||Medium Surface||Fine Tooth Surface||Medium Surface||Medium Surface|
|Paper Color||Natural Tone||White||White||Cream||White|
|Size||9" x 12"||9" x 12"||8.5" x 11"||9" x 12"||9" x 12"|
|Quantity||50 Sheets||50 Sheets||96 Sheets||24 Sheets||30 Sheets|
|Binding||Tape Bound||Wire Bound||Hardbound Book||Wire Bound||Wire Bound|
The Strathmore, 400 Series Sketch Pad contains a heavyweight sketch paper perfect for art exploration. With a fine tooth surface, this sketch pad is ideal for classroom experimentation, practicing various techniques, and quick studies with dry media. The Strathmore, 400 Series Sketch Pad provides a great way to track your progression over time in a convenient and transportable pad.
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The new ones are even poorer quality.
Paper is very thin.
Pencil doesn't go over the paper easily.
Paper tears easily.
Spiral is always in the way.
I'm returning this and going back to the Strathmore 300 series in this size.
That one has much better quality all around.
Just wish the spirals on that one were on the side.
It's good enough that I'm buying more!
Water color pens and heavy inking tend to soak through a bit, be warned.
By Bronze247 on December 19, 2018
It's good enough that I'm buying more!
Water color pens and heavy inking tend to soak through a bit, be warned.
By Amazon Customer on July 19, 2019
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.
FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE SHOPPING BUT DON’T KNOW TOO MUCH ABOUT THE PAPER
I don’t know about paper for pastels, charcoal (it’s not my best medium), watercolor, etc., but I do know about graphite or colored pencils for portrait drawing. So, this review is greatly geared towards paper for the purpose of drawing in pencil.
Notice how the pad reads something like 65lbs or 100lbs—something like that? Obviously, the drawing pad isn’t going to weigh 65 pounds. This refers to the stock. 60lbs is what I consider Sketch paper, and it’s usually the pound of paper you’ll get for a book called a Sketch book. But I draw traditional realistic portraits, and 60lb doesn’t hold up against all of the wear-and-tear the paper will undergo for my 12 hours of drawing on it. My minimum requirement for “finished” pieces is 80lb. 80lb is great. It’s not too thick, but not thin enough that it’s going to crinkle from a misplace stroke. 100lb is also very nice paper, and I’d suggest that as well.
If you are buying paper that is meant to be PRACTICE PAPER, you don’t need to get thick paper. If copying paper is fine for your purposes, I’d suggest about 60lb paper. For more finished pieces, get 80lb. With thicker paper, however, you tend to get less per pad (about 24 sheets compared to 100 sheets for something like 60lb), but SPEND THE MONEY if you want quality paper that is going to still be presentable at the completion of the artwork.
SKETCH vs. DRAWING
As briefly mentioned above, Sketch paper is traditionally thin-stock paper. Drawing paper is more “fancy,” so it’s usually thicker and sturdier. Sketch paper is for practice, and Drawing is for the real-deal stuff, in my opinion. Sketch paper is cheaper per sheet than drawing paper (usually), but it comes down to quality. For starting artists, I suggest one of each pad (both drawing and sketch) of about 12 inches tall, that way they have enough room to explore their talents in the Sketch pad, and then exhibit them on a grander platform in the Drawing pad. For the Drawing paper, 80lbs at minimum! That’s the lowest paper I ever use for my portraits. For the Sketch paper… well. That’s up to you. I use 60lb, which is just fine, practically like copying paper, I suppose.
The thing about me and VA is this: I LOVED THE BOOKS. Oh, I’ve been going through New-VA-Book Withdrawal since the last one came out. Then I decided to purchase for myself a birthday present, and I bought the 1st and 2nd Graphic Novels for the Vampire Academy. The illustrations are fantastic and expressive, and the story is beautifully adapted. I love how Christian and Adrian (in the 2nd book) are drawn, especially. EXACTLY and PERFECTLY how I figured they’d look. These are a wonderful addition to your bookshelf, especially if you’re a VA fan in withdrawal.
BIG PAD vs. LITTER PAD
Ah, the question! What size of paper to buy! That’s completely up to you, and what sort of drawing you’re looking to get into. I have paper pads that are as small as 6x8, and as large as 24x18. The kind of paper you get is utterly your preference. Honestly. If you want to do large-scale portraits, a big pad is definitely for you. If you want portraits that are about the size of a copying sheet of paper (ABOUT), then 9x12 is great to buy (I use that size most frequently). My only suggestion to you is to get a pad with spiral binding. That makes it so you don’t have to worry about pending pages or destroying glued-in or sewed-in bindings. I like the spirals so that I can flip through with ease, and never have to worry about wrecking a previous portrait just to draw a new one.
Some paper has… oh… “pot holes” in it. I draw on smooth paper, medium texture/smooth, with my graphite pencils. THE TYPE OF TEXTURE YOU GET IS IMPORTANT TO THE MEDIUM YOU USE ON IT. Make sure you read what type of medium the paper was designed for, because the paper IS different and will take your art-implements differently.
Ah. Color. To me, I don’t really care, so long as it isn’t stark like gray or pink. I have used bleached white paper, and then just the regular paper that doesn’t even specify color on it. I guess it’s really just up to you and what you’re drawing for and with.
OTHER THINGS YOU OUGHT TO PURCHASE
Of course, the type of drawing you do is going to affect what tools you need. However, if you’re into realistic portraits of people, etc., I might have a few suggestions:
- A set of blending stumps—or as many as you can get! I use these more often than my pencil in a drawing!
- White charcoal pencil. ESSENTIAL for making things completely, stark white, like highlights. Some people also use white pens, but my preference is the charcoal.
- If you’re not a black-charcoal kind of person like me, but still need an alternative to get really black color, I HIGHLY recommend the General’s Layout Extra Black No. 555 pencil. It has to be my favorite pencil!
- PLENTY of different sized erasers. I have big pink ones, pencil erasers, kneaded erasers, and tiny mechanical erasers to get into small spaces easily.
- And, of course, some pencils! I really don’t have too much of a preference as to what pencil I use—a regular old one you find in a school classroom works! But, if you want to get fancy, you CAN definitely buy some nice Prismacolor or Derwent pencils (both are fantastic, EXPENSIVE pencils). I suggest a Medium or Soft set of 12, if you can. The hard sets can be sort of non-necessity, and you might find yourself only needing a few of those, particularly in the 2H-4H range. 9H is EXTREMELY hard. The guide to pencils is this: 9H-H are hard pencils, and 9B-B are soft pencils. I guess the standard #2 (which is an HB) is the “neutral” ground.
BRANDS I RECOMMEND
Canson is GREAT paper. Fantastic. Scratchmore is also FANTASTIC paper. I own pads in both Canson and Scratchmore. In Scratchmore, I tend to buy the ones that have a brown cover with the woman’s portrait on the front. Good paper. Canson, I like the Recycled Drawing 80lb, but that’s sort of hard to find as it turns out, so any other Canson paper works brilliantly as well.
Generals pencils are nice and cheap, and they tend to work just fine for me. A MUST have itemis the General’s Layout Extra Black No. 555.
White charcoal pencils. Mine are just Generals brand.
Collection of blending stumps and some sandpaper to re-point their tips as they start to flatten out. Also, you can use this type of leather (I do not know the name, but it comes in some shading sets and is a goldeny color when new). I happened across this neat tool recently when I bought a set of blending stumps and I LOVE it. You can also use tissues, I’ve heard, as well as your finger.
ERASERS! Buy a ton of them. Little ones, big ones, etc. I’m not too much of a fan of kneaded erasers myself, but go for it if you please!
GOOD sharpener. I have one that sharpens three kinds of tools, and it’s by Faber-Castell (it’s called the Blackberry Grip Trio Sharpener). I DO NOT suggest using mechanical sharpeners, sine I find that it gives off chips on the end of the pencil and eats away too much of your very expensive pencil sets way too fast. Hand-helds are my preference, even if they are cheap ones from the dollar store!
By featherann on May 19, 2020
Based on price: 5/5
Time with Product: 4 years (purchased in 2017)
Don't get me wrong. This product is amazing and it is truly great. It functions as my sketchbook for quick or any art work that would take approx. less than 10 hours to produce. The quality of paper suffices and it does the job. It can hold graphite without noticeable bleeding.
However, this does not do very well at traveling due to the composition of the book. The quality of the composition is very bad in comparison to the great quality of the paper itself. Quite disappointing. Anyway, what this does is make it very poor for traveling. You know those paperback books that would get damaged while they were in a backpack due to the quality of the composition and how its overly composed? Exactly. Expect the same thing to happen with this product. Other than that fact, I would highly recommend this product. It is great and works perfectly.
Would I use this product for my serious artwork and big project sketches?
Definitely not. Nor does this product want me to do that. It is made for those quick and fun sketches. Not anything professional grade. My large project sketches can take up to 100 hours, and each stroke is crafted so carefully that even the gradient of the paper is noticeable on products that claim they have no gradient.
I will say this - This product does have a texture to it. If you like really smooth, gradient-free products like me, THIS PRODUCT IS NOT FOR YOU THEN. But, if you like some texture into your sketches and don't mind the interesting gradient, then carry on. This is the best product you will find in terms of value for your money goes.
If there are any questions or concerns please contact me, I am happy to help.
I hope my review makes sense and helps you decide whether or not you would like to purchase this device.
Have fun shopping! :)
- Rami Taha
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The dimensions of this sketchbook are quite different from any of my previous ones, which I love as it allows you to comfortably rest your hand as you draw, especially if you’re right-handed like me. The resilience of this pad is also outstanding as it’s able to withstand repeated erasing without ruining the tooth of your paper or leaving conspicuous marks behind. Additionally, the fine, smooth surface allows for very clear and crisp lines; when paired with a mechanical pencil, it’s as good as preliminary sketching gets.
I highly recommend this beautiful sketchbook to any artist!