Paper is one of the most versatile tools when creating art.  Generally, paper is a thin sheet material produced by processing cellulose fibers derived from wood, rags, grasses and/or other vegetable sources in water. The water is then drained through a fine mesh leaving the fiber evenly distributed on the porous surface. The pulp is then pressed and dried according to the type of paper being produced. High-quality paper can be coated with either a matte or glossy finish. 

The most important optical properties of paper are brightness, color, opacity, and gloss. The term brightness has come to mean the degree to which white or near-white papers and paperboard reflect the light of the blue end of the spectrum.

Physical properties of paper sheets are determined by weight, thickness, density, smoothness, permeability, handle, rigidity, roughness, and porosity. These premises affect sheet properties of softness, hardness, compressibility, dimensional stability, curl, and strength. Hanson Art & Design can help you to figure out what the best paper for your purposes are, so that you can create a beautiful piece of art.

Card stock, also called cover stock and pasteboard, is paper that is thicker and more durable than normal writing and printing paper, but thinner and more flexible than other forms of paperboard or cardboard.