Watercolor paper

Basic Watercolor equipment, the paper..

Paper Every Artist has a preference as to what paper, paint, brushes etc. they prefer. To be honest there is no right and wrong, my uncle’s been using breakfast packets painted one side in emulsion paint for years. We won’t go to that extreme here, although the paper to use is really to get the best you can afford, and the heaviest. For the technically minded paper is sold by weight, either based on a square meter or the imperial ton. All we really need to know is that it comes in three basic forms, Rough, Not (not so rough, cold pressed) and Hot pressed (smooth). The weight obviously reflects the thickness 90lb is thin 140lb is middle thickness and anything higher is brilliant buy it. Generally paper 140lb and below will need to be soaked and stretched to a board and left to dry (see stretching paper). Not a difficult thing to do but why waste painting time. Anything above is usually just a case of affixing to a board with masking tape and off you go. The alternative is to buy a block, which is basically our 90/140lb paper glued with PVA all round the edges. This supposedly avoids the need for stretching. The problem I always get with a block is cutting off the top sheet when the painting is finished. I have made my own blocks from loose leaf pads of watercolor paper by weighting down with suitably sized and heavy books then gluing around the top, bottom and front edge. Works fine plus you can fit a sharp knife at the spine to trim all round to get the next sheet. Unfortunately in my house the children are always pinching the PVA glue for some school project or other. What do I use? these days usually Arches 140+, no pads and I usually stretch everything. It doesn't take long to prepare half a dozen boards of various sizes, and your absolutly sure the paper painting surface is going to be consistant throughout.

Personally my preference is to buy a full out sheet and simply cut to the size of frame I'm going to use.

Better quality paper is sized, bockingford for example you can feel a smoothness to the surface. This stops the paper acting like "Blotting" paper and can nearly impossible to paint on..

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