Why Did We Create Union Square Pads?

Thoughts Regarding Our New Top Selling Paper Pads


So why did we create Union Square Pads?

  1. Our customers are artists. Most paper brands have anything from really poor quality paper to adequate. It makes it difficult for our customers to know which pad in a line will give them the best results.
  2. Our customers are looking for the best. The work and art they put into a pad needs to look great for a very long time after it was created. So we at Jerry's had to be very picky when it came to what we used to create the pads. For example, we gave this paper a medium weight of 80lb, is perfectly sized for framing finished works and accepts all drawing media, including light washes. It also is double wire bound with resilient, heavy gauge wire that is rust proof. 1.75 point acid-free backing boards provide a rigid support, a heavyweight acid-free cover sheet that is 250 grams and takes all media so you can customize or personalize your pads if you feel like it. 
  3. We know that our customers need paper that holds up over time. Our paper performs flawlessly. We don't take low cost sheets that are white and present them as artist grade when they are not actually artist grade.We have elevated the standards and once you use these pads you will see your work improve.

Our Superstars

Union Square Layout Bond Pads have a velvety smooth surface, excellent sizing for a sheet with real snap that will render wonderful results with all drawing materials even take a light wash or Turner Acryl Gouache extremely well. Most drawing pads are 70lbs but ours is 80lbs and the sheet is made with a special process with a tight formation for maximum strength.

Mixed Media Pads not only are heavy in weight but have sheets that are well sized that have a heft that take almost any type of wet or dry media. This paper will not let you down throughout the creative process. This paper features a 98lb weight which is heavy that will survive through any combinations of techniques or media you like. You'll love these pads.

Heavyweight Drawing Paper (120 lbs) feature a unique open binding that allow the sheets to lie perfectly flat so that you can paint across two sheets at once. Each sheet has a beautiful surface that is receptive to all media allowing use with technical pen, Conte crayon, Turner Acryl Gouache and light watercolor washes, markers, drawing pens, charcoal, acrylic inks and more. 

Vellum Tracing Pads feature a tracing sheet that is rigid and perfectly translucent. After all, you want to see through a tracing sheet. You will be amazed at how well you can see through this sheet. Due to the sheet's rigidity, you can also use it to cut stencils as well. At 62 lbs, it is the ideal weight for any use. It will change the way you think about tracing paper. (see below)

Union Square Watercolor Paper and Blocks feature 140 lb color stable, acid-free, pure white sheets made on slow rotating mould machines. You won't be able to tell that it is made of alpha cellulose and not cotton. Each sheet is very strong and the surfaces are quite wonderful to work on. Blocks have 4 glued sides to minimize buckling and an EZ-lift corner so you can easily remove these sheets after painting. For studio or plein air work, nothing beats these pads to work on. We guarantee it!


Our Guarantee

We want you to be happy with these pads. If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied with your pad, even if you used a few sheets, we will refund your purchase. This is the advantage you have by buying a pad intended to be the best and sold to you by the nation's premier professional art supplier.

We created these pads so your art will be better, safer and presentable for a lifetime!


4 Irish Painters You Need to Know

Feeling green? So were these guys!

In honor of St. Patty's Day, we thought that it was only right to take a little time out of our busy schedule to learn about some famous Irish Painters from history. Here's exactly what we found out:

Charles Jervas

Charles Jervas was born in Clonlisk, Ireland around 1675, and was known as the top Irish Portraitist of the early eighteenth century. Famous for painting such celebrities such as Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope, Jervas was also the Principal Portrait Painter to English King George 1 from 1723 and held the title until his death in 1739. He was also famous for translating Cervantes' novel Don Quixote into English under the name Charles Jarvis and has been mentioned in the literary works of Alexander Pope, such as in his poem, To Belinda on the Rape of the Lock.


Mary WortleyMontagu by Charles_Jervas, after 1716 (source: Wikipedia)


Walter Osbourne

An Irish painter better known in England and France, Walter Osbourne(1859-1903) was well famous for his paintings of rural landscapes. Walter (1859-1903)Although early in his career, his landscapes are very realistic, his career eventually moved to an impressionistic style that focused on subjects whom he had great empathy for including the elderly, children and women. 

Feeding the chickens by Walter Osbourne, 1885 (source: Wikipedia)


Sir John Lavery

Born March 20,1856, John Lavery was best known as an Irish painter who specialized in portraits and wartime depictions. Appointed as an official Wart artist during the First World War, although could not be sent to the Western Front due to illness and was later injured during a car crash caused by a Zeppelin bombing. Although he was largely incapacitated during WW1, he gave use of his house in London during for negotiations leading to the Anglo-Irish Treaty during the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War. He was knighted in 1921 after World War 1 for his paintings and died from natural causes in 1941.


Munitions, Newcastle by Sir John Lavery, 1917 (source: Wikipedia)


William John Leech

William John Leech was an Irish painter that lived from April 1881-July 1968. He was born in Dublin and later transferred to the Royal Hibernian Academy under the teachings of Walter Osborne. Once graduated, Leech fell in love with the French countryside. He was famous for his subjects of coastal and harbor scenes, landscapes, still life work and portraiture. His career was defined by his growing interest in the themes of sunlight and shadow as seen in his famous painting Les Soeurs du Saint-Esprit.


Les Soeurs du Saint-Esprit by William John Leech, 1912


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What the Blue/Black/White/Gold Dress Tells Us About How We View Color

Why We Perceive Color Differently

Left: Original Image, Mid: Image is white balanced to look white and gold. Right: Image is white balanced to look blue and black.

Unless you've been stuck at sea for the past two weeks, then you've definitely seen the dress that went viral on the internet last week and felt some form of anger at others who think that the dress is the wrong color. But what color is the dress really? And why do so many of us see something else? The answers may surprise you.

 The dress is actually blue and black. Hate to be the one to break it to you. However many of us can't see that in the photo because our brains process light differently. This is why some of us see the dress as white and gold and others see it as blue and black. Each of our eyes are able to assign fixed colors to objects under different lighting conditions. We call this "color constancy." What our eyes and brains have trouble processing in this photo is the ambient light surrounding the dress. This sends different signals depending on how we see where the source of light is coming from, how bright bright we perceive the image and how the shadows affect the image. Each of these factors sends signals to our brains telling us what colors we see in the photo of the dress. 

Other photos will show us that the dress is clearly black and blue, however, let's break down why we see this dress the way we do. 

  • If you think that the dress appears to be bathed in bright sunlight, our eyes often adjust to see the image as darker so you are likely to see the dress as black and blue
  • If you see the dress in shadow, or if you think that the dress appears to be just out of the sunlight, your eyes will often pick up brighter colors. Eyes will often compensate for shadow to pick out brighter colors. Therefore, many people saw this dress as white and gold, disregarding that the dress could be blue.

Our eyes often need context cues to pick up on color schemes that allow them to see colors more accurately. If this image had featured, say a person, or another dress (as in other photos of the dress), our eyes might pick up on these colors more accurately. Other objects in an image or even in our line of sight help us perceive things the way they are because our brains pick up on contrasting colors much easier than similar colors. However, when that ability to use context disappears, we have more trouble picking up colors

For Example:


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In this image above, we see that it appears that squares A and B are different shades of grey. However....


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When we connect the two figures with matching lines, we see that both squares are actually the same color, it is only our brains processing the colors looking for context clues that tells us differently. 

The incredible thing to take away from this dress controversy is that it is our minds that make up color instead of being attributed as being permanent properties of an object. What do you think about this. Let us know your thoughts on #thedress and the way we see colors in the comments below.

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