Paper is often the carrier of a first thought. In the visual arts, paper is used in many different ways and inspires artists to constantly develop new methods of processing. It is easy and practical to handle; it can be designed with pencils, feathers, brushes or scissors alone. Paper serves as a carrier material for photographs and prints; drawings, watercolors, collages, gouaches and other techniques are created on it. These can be spontaneously noted or elaborated in detail, delicate or powerful; the motif can be designed with reduced strokes or thick paint. The paper, whether as a ground or as a design medium, can be as diverse in its composition as the art that is created on and with it.