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Construction Paper: Groundwood v. Sulphite

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Almost everyone is intimately familiar with construction paper because of their time working with it at school. Some of my earliest memories of my years in elementary school revolve around art projects that used construction paper. We’ve spent time coloring on them, cutting ribbons and circles, and creating scenes depicting everything from the Pilgrims to Christmas scenes!

Despite much of our youth spent crafting fun art projects out of this paper, many of us are left without an understanding of the different types of construction paper and their uses. In fact, I’ve met many people who never even know that there is more than one type of construction paper! In this article, I am going to outline some of the key differences and purposes of the two most popular Construction Papers that we use at Miller Pads & Paper.

Groundwood Construction Paper

Groundwood construction paper is named after the groundwood pulp that is used in the manufacturing process. It is a 76# paper. Generally, it is the least expensive construction paper that you can buy at our store.

The color of this paper does fade over time depending on how much sunlight exposure it experiences. Largely, this fading is not much of an issue because construction paper is often used for short term projects.

Which art product work best with groundwood construction paper?

Where Can I Find Groundwood Construction Paper?

Sulphite Construction Paper

Sulphite Construction Paper is better known for its strong, smooth service and intense colors. When you feel the Sulphite Construction Paper, one of your first impressions will be of the high-quality feel of the paper between your fingers. Due to its surface, it cuts well and folds more precisely than its Groundwood cousin. It is fade resistant so it will stand the test of time better than Groundwood Construction Paper.

Which art product work best with Sulphite Construction Paper?

Where Can I Find Sulphite Construction Paper?

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