Frequently Asked Questions

Which papers are acid free?
icon-aquabee-mediumThe vast majority of our artist papers are acid free, also known as Neutral pH. Recycled Newsprint and Bogus Recycled Rough Sketch are not acid free. It is the acidity in paper that causes it to discolor (often referred to as “yellowing”) or become brittle over time. Raw materials that are acid free or surfaces treated to be acid free will last longer, preserving your artwork for the next generations.
What does “Aquabee” mean?
Aquabee Aquabee is a mark placed on a select subset of the Bee Paper brand of papers. The Aquabee mark indicates that the corresponding paper can accept, at minimum, the use of light wet media such as light watercolor washes. Not all Aquabee papers are full-fledged watercolor papers, and most are formulated primarily with dry media drawing in mind. The Aquabee aspect simply means there is a bit more flexibility to allow for mixed media. For full watercolor paintings and techniques, choose our Cold Press or 100% Cotton Watercolor paper.
I heard that Bee has “tattoo paper”?
tattoo-and-bee-stipple-paperTattoo artists tell us they use Bee Stipple Paper in their shops to simulate the texture of human skin, helping them and their customers visualize the finished tattoo. Stipple Paper is designed for use with a variety of dry media such as charcoal, pastel and graphite… but feel free to call it the “tattoo paper”!

Tip: for a more subtle texture, draw on the backside of Bee Stipple Paper. The back is fairly smooth like Bristol (bonus!), but the stippled texture will have a subtle effect on heavy strokes of dry media applied to the back.

What is the difference between “Drawing” and “Sketch” Paper?
Draw and Sketch are not technical terms, and they are used synonymously by many artists. A sketch is quickly or loosely produced artwork. A drawing is a final piece, often produced with more more precision and time than a sketch.

At Bee Paper, we distinguish between drawing and sketch paper based on weight, as is the common practice in the art supply industry. Paper with a basis weight of less than 80 pounds (80 lbs) we call “Sketch”. Paper with a basis weight 80 lbs or more we call “Drawing”. All Bee Paper, heavy or light, is fine artist quality.

Why is Super Deluxe Drawing nicknamed “The Only Sketchbook You Will Ever Need”?
808-the-only-sketchbookSuper Deluxe, The Only Sketchbook You Will Ever Need If we came up with this nickname on our own, who would believe it? The phrase came directly from artists, and we gratefully accepted the compliment. After live demonstrations of the qualities of Super Deluxe, artists are astounded by its versatility. Super Deluxe’s hearty 93 lb, dual surface (one side rough, the other smooth) accepts an unusually wide variety of mediums equally well, making it the perfect mixed media paper. In addition, the book’s rigid front and back covers allow it to stand up to a lot of wear and tear while drawing en plein air, no firm drawing board needed. World travelers who literally put “thousands of miles” on their Super Deluxe are pleased with its ability to hold together. We regularly receive compliments of Super Deluxe, several times repeating “This is the only sketchbook I’ll ever need!” The red “wax seal” is our “Thank you!” and a way to spread the high recommendation to artists everywhere!