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Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth Pad, 9″x12″ Tape Bound, 20 Sheets

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Last updated on May 18, 2022 10:38 pm
  • Heavy Bristol weight paper for final artwork
  • Ideal for pen, ink, mechanical drawing, air brush, and marker
  • 100 lb. / 270 gsm acid free smooth surface perfect for fine detail work
  • 9″x12″ Tape Bound; 20 Sheets per Pad
  • Made in the USA

Specification: Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth Pad, 9″x12″ Tape Bound, 20 Sheets

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9 x 0.38 x 12 inches

Item Weight

1.08 pounds



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10 reviews for Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth Pad, 9″x12″ Tape Bound, 20 Sheets

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  1. Kiji Art

    I am a freelance illustrator/2D animator and I LOVE using this bristol paper for marker illustrations.

    – Nice weight to it.
    – Wonderful size! I fit it in my purse and it would, naturally, fit in a backpack or messenger bag just fine.
    – Works beautifully with markers!! Minimal bleed through and doesn’t make the ink feather.
    – I’ve used the following markers with it: Copic Sketch and Copic Ciao markers (primarily what I’ve used), Spectrum Noir, Winsor & Newtorn Brushmarkers (formerly Letraset brand, but W&N took over), Marvy Le Plume brush markers (second most used; I love these markers, btw!! very affordable and A+ alternative to Copics), and Prismacolor brush markers.

    – It DOES absorb a good bit of ink, so you’ll go through your markers faster. (This is true of any bristol.)
    – I REALLY WISH that any brand would make these kinds of paper with spiral binding!!! I absolutely hate the glued binding. Papers tend to fall out and it annoys me. (Though this has better binding than cheaper brands. Pages don’t fall out /as/ easily.)

    All art pictured is my original content, and all were made with this paper and Copic, Prismacolor, and Le Plume markers. All characters pictured in my drawings belong to my commissioners/clients. DO NOT use my artwork without my permission! And DO NOT use these characters without their owner’s permission.

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  2. Lawrence Gang

    I had to buy a ton of this paper for both a landscape painting course (watercolor) and an advanced drawing course (Sharpie and charcoal). That being said, the paper did work decently with watercolor, but adding too much water tended to warp the paper, and I had to flatten out my paintings. Not a big issue, just not ideal for a painter who uses that medium. On the contrary this paper absorbs ink so well and gives charcoal such a smooth, calming feel. No resistance whatsoever.

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  3. Amazon Customer

    This paper is super thick and smooth which gives artwork another level of high quality. There’s no worries with creasing the paper or bending it accidentally with an eraser for example because of the thickness. Pencils blend extremely well on it, I have used many brands too and combined them. You can also use markers as a base layer and coloured pencils on top and that works great as an art technique. It does not damage the paper and produces great results. Fantastic quality paper overall. Definitely recommend.

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  4. Cliente Amazon

    -Es muy grueso y no tiene ninguna textura (sería lo esperado )
    -El color es perfecto para mi, un blanco ni muy azulado ni muy amarillento
    Solo lo he utilizado con 2 medios; lápices de colores y grafito/carbón;
    -Con el de grafito/carbón no tuve ningún problema (no me esperaba encontrar ninguno)
    -Con lápices de colores (Caran D’ache luminance) cubrí el papel completamente con cera y ni se arrugó pudo aguantar todas las capas de lápices de colores (cosa rara, generalmente eso no pasa)
    -Llegó perfectamente, las esquinas estaban intactas
    -En general no he encontrado ningún problema con el papel, comparado con otros papeles parecidos me parece que el precio es perfecto, no es el papel de más calidad que ofrece la marca pero de momento eso a mí no me importa mucho, si te importase el de mejor calidad es la “Serie 500” que es 100% algodón y de dos capas pero mucho mas caro.
    Lo recomiendo si todavía no estas vendiendo los dibujos, si los quieres vender recomendaría el más caro de más calidad.
    Adjunto fotos de cómo quedaron los dibujos en este papel:

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  5. Annaphant

    I spend about 8-10 hours a day drawing and designing stuff and that requires alot of paper. I also have a focus on clean lines and sharp geometry. Because of that i have a ongoing need for good paper (and believe me there are crappy papers out there) and i really cant afford problems. This Strathmore Bristol 300 series is by far my favorite. I get the 19×24″ pad and cut it to size. Its smooth as silk and perfect for illustration. It doesnt bleed, even when you hold a alcohol marker (prismacolor is good) to it for a while. Sharpies work well on this and so do microns and Copic multiliners (u can find all this on Amazon ). Its absorbent enough to not smudge your black ink unless you run you hand over where you just previously left fresh ink (you shouldnt do that with ANY paper tho lol madness). Ive even had success using watercolor on this bristol, you just ought to tape the sides down to prevent excessive warping. All in all this paper is phenomenal . I highly recommend it. Top quality. Strathmore makes good stuff all around too ; good brand .

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  6. Helen

    The product itself is high quality paper, I’ve used it before but on a much smaller scale.

    I purchased this particular size for a professional project which is why I was happy to spend a bit more money. Living in the UK makes it difficult to find this particular brand in this size. When I found this, I thought I’d struck gold.

    Unfortunately the seller failed to package this pad of paper appropriately, especially for an overseas delivery. The parcel arrived with holes and visible damage to the pad before even opened it. The turned open corners meant that the size of the paper was now compromised. In addition it was dirty from the exposure to the elements and manhandling.

    The only way I could use this pad is to cut it down to remove the damage, which renders the product useless to me as I require the full size I purchased.

    I contacted the the seller to express my disappointment, and they offered me a 30% refund and to keep the pad. I told them this was no good as the product was useless to me in its current condition. The seller replied and offered me a 40% refund as their final offer. I received no acknowledgement of the issue itself, just the aforementioned offers and there was no option for return.

    Unfortunately this meant I had to file an A-Z claim through Amazon as the product was not fit for purpose and no other options or returns were provided.

    I’ve since received a full refund thanks to Amazon but I wouldn’t recommend buying from this seller. They accepted no responsibility for the poor packaging and delivery of this product and it took a formal claim to receive an appropriate and proportional response.

    I read some reviews before purchase however I have just seen a couple which have cited similar issues. I think this seller needs to reconsider how it packages something as delicate as paper especially when its a premium product.

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  7. Mathnomancer

    My son has recently been getting into art. He’s only been doing it for 7 months, but this is what he’s been making since he got this paper.

    I’m going to let him take over now.

    This paper is phenomenal. It handles my markers really well and allows a lot of blending. I’m using a set of bic 36 fine point. Then I go on top of the markers with colored pencils. For this I’m using prismacolor 48 set. Since I used the markers, the paper is now the color I want it to be. And the markers dont even change the texture of the paper. Using the markers let’s my color pencils be more vibrant and realistic. And it allows me to go in and strengthen my highlights. So with the pencils, I just color the image. I typically use light layers. This paper handles my technique amazingly.

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  8. Mary E. Gutierrez, PhD

    The quality cannot be beat. I use colored pencils, water color pencils & Copic markers on Bristol Smooth & also the Vellum. The paper holds up perfectly. Now, with Copics the color will seal through the paper, but only in a few places that receive more than one pass of a marker. I find that really impressive. I have used all sizes of this pad. Paper is easily removed from the pad & the glue used to adhere the sheets to the pad does not come off with the paper. In the past I found this to sometimes be a problem, but not in recent years. Both surfaces of each sheet can be used. I haven’t noticed any yellowing with age & some of my artwork is 15 years old. I highly recommend Bristol card stock to all artists.

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  9. Gary H. Labowitz

    This pad works fine with inks I use for calligraphy. I don’t find much in feathering and it takes a nice edge. (I’m referring to the smooth. I haven’t tried the vellum.) It can be corrected for small errors but can’t be used for larger or severe ones because with scraping it forms a hole fairly quickly. It can be printed on a small inkjet (mine is a Canon) but a wide carriage printer would be necessary to print on 9×14 inch. I cut down to 8×10 or 5×7 and the printer I have (MX922) works just fine. The heavier series (400 and 500) also look good, but I haven’t tried printing with them, just hand lettering. For calligraphy, inked artwork, and acrylics I find the Strathmore better than other brands I’ve tried. For me, this is the one.

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  10. mPm

    This is an excellent and heavyweight paper for virtually any medium of artistic work!
    It is virtually bleed proof and found it works great with medium and large format inkjet printers.
    Despite what some commenters have stated, this heavyweight drawing board is great for markers snd colored pencils and any type of ink pens.
    Great for acrylic painting, too!
    I am a marker and colored pencil illustrator and this is one of my go to final illustration paper boards!
    It is very smoother and great for laying down smooth marker color or color pencil.
    Great board for any type of inking pens and ink work!
    I like and tend to use larger format boards, so pricing for these are more expensive.
    In addition to much thicker and heavier ( and more expensive )drawing boards, this illustration board has been my “go to” for many, many years!
    Highly recommend!

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