Construction paper

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An inexpensive, heavy paper produced in many colors and sizes. Construction paper is made from groundwood pulp and is not durable. Many of the colors are water-soluble and most are susceptible to fading. Construction paper is used primarily by children for posters, costumes, crafts, and school projects.

Synonyms and Related Terms

papier de bricolage (Fr.)

Other Properties

Most of the colors are water soluble.

Hazards and Safety

Most colors fade in sunlight.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Boise Cascade Paper Group, The Paper Handbook, Boise Cascade, Portland OR, 1989
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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