- Bristol board
Bristol board (also referred to as Bristol paper) is a heavyweight paper used for
technical drawing, illustration, and other two-dimensional art forms. Its basic size is 22.5" x 28.5" and its bulk thickness is .006 inches or higher [ [http://desktoppub.about.com/library/glossary/bldef-bristolpaper.htm About.com: Desktop Publishing] ] . Bristol board is rated by the number of plies it contains.
The original bristol board was made in
Bristol, Englandand was a pasted board made of paper containing rags.
Bristol board provides two working surfaces, front and back. This quality separates it from illustration board, which has only a front working surface. The surface texture can vary for different applications, including a smooth plate finish and a medium
vellum. Artists working with friction-based media, such as crayon, chalks, or charcoal would use a rougher texture. Smooth finishes are generally more suited to other types of media, such as inks.
Bristol paper is also used for
paperbackbook or catalog covers, file folders, tags, and tickets. Engravers or Wedding bristol paper may be used for formal engravedwedding invitations.
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