Friday, December 19, 2008

Hot Pressed, Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper

This watercolor titled Lovely Little Floral  is one of my favorite quick little watercolor paintings.  It is only 4x6 inches, the size of a postcard.  It is one of my spontaneous paintings done quickly allowing the some of the colors to mix and mingle right on the paper.  This one is painted on 140 lb. hot pressed watercolor paper.  The watercolor paint seems to float upon the smooth surface of the paper.  

Hot pressed watercolor paper has a very smooth surface, while cold pressed watercolor paper has texture to it.  Different brands of cold pressed paper will have a different textures.  In watercolor painting, I cannot stress enough how important it is to use quality paper and paint.  I always recommend using at least 140 lb. 100% cotton rag, acid free, archival watercolor paper.  If you are not using quality materials, most likely you won't enjoy painting in watercolor or you will have a hard time learning to paint in watercolor.  Paper is super important.  I love using 300 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper, that would be my favorite paper weight.  The 300 lb. paper stays wet longer, takes lots of abuse, it is great.  Then there is also rough paper which has a rough textured surface.  

My advice: Experiment with various brands of quality paper of at least 140 lb. or more! 

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