Paper Essentials with Sarah Becktel, Strathmore, Canson, and Arches

July 15, 2021


Opus Art Supplies’ iconic artist demonstrations and workshops have gone virtual! All our events are now held through Zoom. If you are not yet familiar with this fantastic meeting 

system, feel free to read the following articles from Zoom to get started. 

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When: Jul 15, 2021 11:00 AM  

Join paper expert and artist Sarah Becktel to learn the fundamentals to understanding the fascinating world of paper. Sarah will discuss how fine art paper is made and how to choose the right paper for your next drawing or painting endeavour. Attendees can look forward to gaining a greater understanding of the technical aspects of paper including paper weight, sizing, different fibers, and surface texture! Building on this information, Sarah will elaborate on the way a paper’s surface texture and sizing affect the look of your finished artwork. This fantastic demo will end with a discussion of the storing and handling of paper and artwork for longevity and permanence. A must see demo for all creative individuals who use paper and those interested in deepening their knowledge of paper characteristics!



Sarah’ Materials List

*Attendees are welcome to follow along from home with their own materials, sit back and relax, and/or take notes!

Various Strathmore and Canson Drawing Papers

Various Strathmore and Canson Mixed Media Papers

Strathmore 400 Series Bristol Vellum and Bristol Smooth

Canson Mi Teintes Paper

Strathmore Toned Paper

Arches Hot press, Cold press, and Rough watercolour paper

Graphite Pencils, Charcoal and Pastel, Marker, Colored Pencil, Water-soluble Crayon, Water-soluble Graphite, and Watercolour 





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Artist Bio

Sarah Becktel is an American artist based in Southern New Jersey. She earned her BFA in painting from the Tyler School of Art and continued her studies of representational drawing and painting at multiple locations.  Sarah creates paintings and drawings that are inspired by animal ecology and natural history.  She has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and her work is in private collections across the world.


When Sarah is not working in her studio, she is educating artists and students about their mediums and materials. As an art materials educator, Sarah lectures at art schools, ateliers, and retailers about the characteristics of art materials and how to choose the right products for each artist’s individual needs.


Sarah’s art can be seen on her website and on Instagram @sarahbecktel



July 15, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm