Art Board

We stock two weights of ivory board and four weights of Formacote used for mounting, architectural design, or backing board. We also sell Black or White 5mm Foam board in full sheets (32" x 40"), and in half sheets. We stock full and half sheets of white, 3mm Foam board, and a variety of 10mm Gatorboard in sizes perfect for stretching watercolour paper. We have a selection of Crescent Mat Board in stock for you to choose from or we are happy to place special orders from our color samples, which include Crescent Rag Mat if you prefer board that is 100% cotton and archival.

For the book conservationist or bookmaker, we also stock archival book board in three different weights. We can also special order Archival Foam Board for your conservation requirements.

We are ecstatic to announce that we now stock, and are the only New Zealand dealer of Bainbridge Illustration Board. Our Bainbridge board is two-ply (double thick) and comes in Hot Press and Cold Press, which is suitable for watercolour painting, and perfect for the serious Illustrator, Designer and Fine Artist.

Illustration Board

  • Strathmore Series 500 Illustration Board
    Series 500 features 100% cotton fiber, acid-free drawing paper mounted on both sides of illustration board. The surfaces are identical to the 500 Series drawing paper, mounted to pure white core. It creates a balanced tension that prevents warping.... more »
  • Crescent #200 Hot Press Out of Stock
    The smoother surface of hot press illustration boards is designed primarily for marker, pen and ink techniques that may require sharper detail. Non-porous smoothness allows pen to flow clean, sharp and uninterrupted across the board, and it also works well as an airbrush board.... more »
  • Crescent #100 Cold Press
    The textured surface of this cold pressed illustration board is preferred when working with a drawing medium that requires some tooth to the surface, such as charcoal, crayon or pastel. It also works well for brush applications of watercolor or gouache where smooth blending of washes is required. Constructed with a gray core and a surface that allows the medium to be applied without fast absorption.... more »
  • Bainbridge 2-ply Hot Press
    This hot press, 2-ply all purpose illustration board has a very smooth surface used primarily for pen and ink, mounting, transfer lettering, and graphic design. It is suitable for keylines, acrylic washes, airbrush, and adhesive film. minimum order of 3 x on the 30 x 40 sheets... more »
  • Bainbridge 2-ply Cold Press Out of Stock
    This cold press, 2-ply all purpose illustration board has a medium tooth surface, with a brilliant white front surface, newsboard middle, and tan backing. It will not warp or bow, making it ideal for both wet and dry media, including charcoal, crayon, pencil, and watercolor. minimum order of 3 x on the 30 x 40 sheets... more »

Book Board

  • Book Board
    Book board is available in three different weights and comes in 640 x 900mm sheets. Book board is a special type of cardboard that is a light grey and acid free. Due to the grain of the paper fibers it has an interesting property in that it flexes fairly easily in one direction but it is fairly stiff in the other. minimum quantities apply... more »

Architectural Board

Ivory/Bristol Board

  • Strathmore Series 400 Bristol Board
    Acid-free, 22" x 30" sheets available in two thicknesses and two surfaces. Smooth surface is suited for pen or pencil, and regular surface is ideal for a broad range of media.... more »

Foam Board

  • Incredible Art Board
    The Incredible Art Board provides a long lasting paper stretching surface for watercolor artists. It has a unique soft surface that can be taped repeatedly without tearing and is self-healing when stapled. The Incredible Art Board will not buckle, bend or warp and both sides of the board are equally usable. It’s made from a very light-weight material, so it is ideal for use in the field. The small board weighs 13 oz.; the larger size weighs 26 oz.... more »
  • Self Adhesive Foam Board 3mm NZD $25.00
    32 x 40" minimum order is 2 sheets... more »
  • Repositional Adhesive Foam Board 5mm NZD $29.00
    32 x 40" minimum order is 2 sheets... more »
  • Self Adhesive Foam Board 5mm NZD $25.00
    32 x 40" minimum order is 2 sheets... more »
  • Foam Board 5mm
    Foamboard is the perfect backing for larger framed works and a great mounting board for artwork or posters. It is also a great board for tabletop displays and signs. 5mm Foamboard is made of resilient extruded polystyrene foam core, laminated on both sides with a white coated-paper stock. It cuts easily with a mat or utility knife, and can be scored and folded. minimum order on this product is 3 sheets... more »
  • Foam Board 3mm
    Foamboard is the perfect backing for larger framed works and a great mounting board for artwork or posters. It is also a great board for tabletop displays and signs. 3mm Foamboard is made of resilient extruded polystyrene foam core, laminated on both sides with a white coated-paper stock. It cuts easily with a mat or utility knife, and can be scored and folded. minimum order of 3 x on the 32 x 40 sheets... more »

Hard Board

  • Hardboard, Framed
    Untempered Hardboard, or Masonite, is the perfect support for the artist who likes to paint on a firm surface. It is formed using the Mason method; using wooden chips, blasting them into long fibers with steam and then forming them into boards. The boards are then pressed and heated to form the finished boards. No glue or other material is added. The long fibers give the Hardboard a high bending strength, tensile strength, density and stability. Unlike other composite wood panels produced using formaldehyde-based resins to bind fibers, Hardboard is made using natural ingredients only, which makes it permanent and an environmentally friendly product.... more »
  • Hardboard
    Untempered Hardboard, or Masonite, is the perfect support for the artist who likes to paint on a firm surface. It is formed using the Mason method; using wooden chips, blasting them into long fibers with steam and then forming them into boards. The boards are then pressed and heated to form the finished boards. No glue or other material is added. The long fibers give the Hardboard a high bending strength, tensile strength, density and stability. Unlike other composite wood panels produced using formaldehyde-based resins to bind fibers, Hardboard is made using natural ingredients only, which makes it permanent and an environmentally friendly product.... more »

Mat Board

Watercolour Board

  • Incredible Art Board
    The Incredible Art Board provides a long lasting paper stretching surface for watercolor artists. It has a unique soft surface that can be taped repeatedly without tearing and is self-healing when stapled. The Incredible Art Board will not buckle, bend or warp and both sides of the board are equally usable. It’s made from a very light-weight material, so it is ideal for use in the field. The small board weighs 13 oz.; the larger size weighs 26 oz.... more »
  • Crescent Watercolor Board Premium
    This premium watercolor substrate has a pure, 100% cotton rag surface mounted to a 100% acid-free, white core board. The extra heavy, double thick, .090" (3mm) board eliminates the need for stretching. Excellent for watercolor, illustration and airbrush.... more »
  • Crescent Watercolor Board
    Crescent Watercolor Board is recommended as a surface for illustrations that will be scanned and tranferred to digital media. ... more »

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Delivery Rates

Our delivery rates are:

  • Prepaid A4 Satchel (nationwide): $5 per order
  • Local (North Shore): $5.50 per order *
  • Shorthaul (within 150kms): $7.50 per order *
  • Rest of North Island: $9.30 per order *
  • South Island: $10.40 per order *

Prepaid Satchel is available for some smaller items that will fit into an A4 envelope. Please do not select the satchel option if your goods are breakable, easily damaged or flammable.
* Oversized items may be charged an additional amount - once you have selected the items you need proceed to checkout to see the exact costs.

Rural delivery fee $3.30

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