Here’s a sketch from 2018 when I was doing some experiments to find my favorite toned paper for mixed media.
I was testing a bunch of different chipboards. They soak up watercolor and gouache but you can use acrylic markers on them. Most I found were too expensive (when you locate them and pay postage) to justify the use though. And too limited as to materials you could use on them.
In this sketch you can see that my hot pink marker leaked (I don’t remember which was the original blotch). So I made blotches all over the background. I think they make a fun addition to the pattern in the hair.
After the Chipboard Testing…
My favorite toned mixed media paper remains the Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media Toned Paper in Tan and Gray. It’s sold in large pads and in sketchbooks (but be careful as lightweight sketch paper is also sold in their sketchbooks—I’ll have a post about this later. If you can’t wait, and are worried about which weight paper to get, see my comments below to Tina, including links. Look for the 184 lb. version of this paper!)