Quick Tip: Use Builder's Paper for Inexpensive Arts and Crafts Paper

Quick Tip: Use Builder's Paper for Inexpensive Arts and Crafts Paper

Richard Popovic
Aug 16, 2011

When my sister's two girls recently stayed with us for a few nights, I wracked my brain to think of ways to keep them entertained. They are sweet kids, but like any sisters, can alternate between accommodating and antagonizing each other seemingly at random. We broke out the board games, planned a short hike and even visited our neighbor's sheep farm to see the new spring lambs. The biggest hit, however, was an art project enhanced by a trip to my workshop.

The girls wanted to draw, and asked for some paper. Instead of heading for the office I ran down to the workshop and returned with a huge roll of brown builder's paper and some masking tape. I rolled out a section that ran the entire length of the dining room table, cut it, and taped down the corners. Each of them had plenty of room to draw without getting in each other's way and even collaborated on a long street scene.

Builder's paper is a tough brown paper used as a protective floor covering and can be found in the painting section of any home center. It is similar to craft paper but tends to be thicker and consequently a little stiffer, which makes it particularly resistant to exuberant erasing. It is a great value, with this 3' x 140' roll from Pratt Retail Specialties, available at Home Depot, coming in at just under eleven dollars. That's a lot of panoramas per penny.

(Image: Richard Popovic).

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