Archive for April, 2018

New Strathmore® 400 Series Toned Blue Mixed Media

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Toned Mixed Media paper is now available in a Steel Blue color! The response to our Toned Tan and Toned Gray Mixed Media papers has been overwhelming. Now, for the first time, we introduce a new blue color to our family of Strathmore toned pads.  

Specifically created for use with light and dark media, Toned Blue Mixed Media paper combines the characteristics of a watercolor paper and the finish of a drawing sheet, creating a paper that performs for all wet and dry media. Starting artwork using mid-range colored paper allows for unique sketching and drawing possibilities by providing the middle value that would otherwise need to be rendered by the artist. A wider range of values from light to dark can be used, and the middle tone makes it easier for artists to deliberately place shadows and highlights.

Strathmore 400 Series Toned Blue Mixed Media features include:

  • 184 lb / 300 gsm steel blue paper.
  • 100% recycled, with 30% post-consumer fibers
  • Acid free
  • Toned for light and dark media
  • Medium drawing surface with the wet media characteristics of a watercolor sheet
  • Appropriate for finished artwork
  • Excellent for graphite, colored pencils, markers, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, pen and ink, charcoal, gel pens, and more
  • Linen textured surface stands up to layering, blending, and scraping techniques.
  • Appropriate for finished work
  • Sheets are easily removed from glue binding
  • 15 sheets of paper per pad.
  • Pads available in 6” x 8” (SM462-406), (9” x 12” (SM462-409), 11” x 14” (SM462-411), and 18” x 24” (SM462-418).

Officially launched at NAMTA 2018, the NEW Toned Blue Mixed Media line started shipping March 5, 2018 from Strathmore.

All of our Toned Blue Mixed Media pads are featured on promotion running through Back To School promotion May 1, 2018 to September 13, 2018. Learn how this new program can increase the productivity of your retail space by contacting your MacPherson sales representative today!

Toned Blue Mixed Media support materials for retailers including, shelf labels, samplers, headers, photography, and sell sheets which are all available on our Retailer and Distributor Tools section of the website at

Artwork by: Georgina Kruetzer

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Monday, April 16th, 2018

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