Best Paper For Acrylic Paint

Best Paper For Acrylic Paint

If you’re just starting with acrylic paint, you may be wondering what is the best paper for acrylic paint? There are a variety of papers on the market, each with its benefits and drawbacks. In this blog post, we will discuss the best types of paper for acrylic paint and the ones to avoid.

Let’s start with the best acrylic papers for beginners & professionals

Below are the paper Painthog uses and has used for the past 20 years. We can say they-re the best of the bunch this without any hesitation. If you don’t prefer pads, be sure to check out the sheets! I actually prefer loose sheets over pads, but it’s really a preference thing 🙂 All of the papers below can handle every acrylic painting technique, so either one will do. It just comes down to what you prefer. If you aren’t sure, start with the top pick which is Strathmore 400 series.

Best paper for acrylic paint

Strathmore 400 Series

The paper for best acrylic painting, beginner & professionals.

The Strathmore Heavyweight Acid-Free paper is the best paper and made for the acrylic artist. It can also be used in other painting or drawing applications where you want a heavy, toothsome surface with cream colored linen finish which holds pads of 10 sheets per block making it easy to work on your project without ever having any downtime between changing pages!

Best canvas paper for acrylic

Canson Canva-Paper

Second best paper for acrylic painting

Canson Figueras paper is a high-quality, resistant material designed for acrylic painting. It has an efficient barrier that absorbs water evenly while guaranteeing superb resistance by the surface paint layer through natural texture similar to canvas.

This acid free product offers excellent longevity so no need worry if it can last indefinitely if stored properly.

Best paper for acrylic if you prefer canvas texture

Strathmore Canvas Paper

More textured if you prefer that canvas feel

Strathmore black canvas paper is high-quality paper is perfect for practicing techniques with acrylics. It has a textured surface that replicates the look and feel of canvas so you can work on your painting without worrying about dirtying up valuable materials!

The weight provides stability and it doesn’t tear easily unlike other surfaces. Come in 10 sheet blocks and a variety of sizes.

Best acrylic sheets for larger paintings

Canson XL Mixed Media Sheets

Canson XL mixed media sheets are an ideal surface for acrylic painting. Sheets are very versatile and easily resized if you want to reduce them to smaller sizes. Full sheets can be purchased in bulk which helps save money in the long haul.

We recommend 18″ x 24″ but it has other sizes you may prefer.

What are the different types of paper

The three types of acrylic papers are standard heavyweight, usually 120 lb. or heavier, and canvas paper.

Standard paper – usually available in two weights, but I HIGHLY recommend not using anything less than 120 lb weight! This acid-free paper features heavy sizing, making it excellent for watercolor and acrylics, as well as dry media such as markers, pastels, colored pencils, pencils, and pen-and-ink. The fine-tooth paper erases well and blends easily.

Canva-paper – usually has a little more texture than standard paper. If you prefer a surface that isn’t smooth, but perhaps not as rough as traditional canvas, this may be a good choice.

Canvas paper – this is suited for those that prefer a lot of texture, similar to canvas. Not suited for details, or mixed-media because it has deeper ruts.

Paper is used by many acrylic artists

Why paper is more desirable than canvas

Paper is less expensive than canvas, and you can use both sides of the paper. You can also buy it in a variety of sizes, from small sheets to large rolls. And if the first painting doesn’t work out, flip it over and start again on the back!

What does archival mean?

An archival quality product will not deteriorate over time. Archival papers are made to last a long time without yellowing or becoming brittle.

This is why we recommend archival paper and avoiding anything less. It isn’t that much more expensive.

How to store paintings on paper

The best way to store any work of art is in a cool, dry, and dark place. If you’re storing a painting on paper, be sure to keep it away from direct sunlight and heat sources, as these can cause the paper to warp or discolor over time.

Blick art makes good storage bags if you are concerned about damaging the art.

What type of paper to avoid for acrylic painting

What type of paper to avoid

  • Do not use lightweight paper. Acrylic is a water-based medium and it will cause inferior, thin papers to buckle, and often tear.
  • Non-archival paper is to be avoided. It will deteriorate over time, becoming yellow and brittle.
  • Do not use glossy or coated papers. The paint will not adhere properly and the surface may become tacky.


Now that you know a little bit more about the best paper for acrylics, go forth and create! And don’t forget to archival materials to ensure your paintings will last a lifetime. Thanks for reading!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below and we’ll do our best to answer them. Happy painting!

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