I know—it’s not archival. In time it will get yellow and brittle at the edges.
But I love the way newsprint responds to charcoal. It takes a sweeping stroke of vine charcoal like a piece of sourdough takes butter. It answers to compressed charcoal with a black like midnight. It’s so dirt cheap that it encourages me to take a chance and try something new. There are more elegant varieties out there, but good old newsprint is the one I like to warm up with. It’s the Cinderella of art papers.