Bristol board

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 [ [ Desktop Publishing] ] . Bristol board is rated by the number of plies it contains.

The original bristol board was made in Bristol, England and 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 paperback book or catalog covers, file folders, tags, and tickets. Engravers or Wedding bristol paper may be used for formal engraved wedding invitations.


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  • Bristol board — Bristol Bris tol, n. A seaport city in the west of England. [1913 Webster] {Bristol board}, a kind of fine pasteboard, made with a smooth but usually unglazed surface. {Bristol brick}, a brick of siliceous matter used for polishing cultery;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bristol board — n. [after BRISTOL, England] a fine, smooth pasteboard, used by artists, printers, etc …   English World dictionary

  • bristol board — noun Etymology: Bristol, England Date: 1809 a cardboard with a smooth surface suitable especially for artwork called also bristol …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bristol board — n. a kind of fine smooth pasteboard for drawing on. Etymology: Bristol in S. England …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bristol board — Bris′tol board n. a fine smooth pasteboard • Etymology: 1800–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • bristol board or Bristol board —    A sturdy drawing surface used for many types of two dimensional artwork, including lettering. It is available in several finishes, including a smooth plate finish and a medium vellum. It can be used on both of its sides. Also see card or… …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • Bristol board — a fine, smooth pasteboard that is sometimes glazed. [1800 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • Bristol board — noun A heavyweight paper used for technical drawing, illustration, and other two dimensional art forms …   Wiktionary

  • Bristol board — fine stiff paper with a smooth unglazed surface …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Bristol board — noun a type of stiff, smooth cardboard used as a drawing surface or for cutting and shaping …   English new terms dictionary

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