Watercolour paper experiments 🤓
few people asked me about papers, i thought i would share my own experiences from today😊
when i went to art store to buy watercolour for the first time, i was surprised by,
one-there are many types of paper to choose from like cold press, hot press, rough
two-too many options in same paper like weight, cotton or not, acid free.. etc
three-which brand i should choose?? 🤔
these days i mostly use @arches.art 300g cold press 100% cotton. specially for the commissioned pieces.
i learnt that investing in good papers is very important. so normally i don’t really get other brands since i’ve tried most of the papers i can get from art stores in australia. but, when i saw this watercolour pad from @riotartandcraft the other day, ‘three different papers in one pad? i should buy and see the differences!’🙄 (and it was a half price!)
so i wanted to painting quick light wash sunset with one pine tree. really simple easy one to compare!
this was my first time trying painting on hot press and rough paper too.
cold press paper was just as good as like any other brands for what i was painting. as i’ve used cold press only in the past, i didn’t really find any differences in texture of the paper with other brands.
for hot press though, i was having trouble with it! as the surface was so smooth, it was hard to control the water. i think if i was painting just one object or something, it was probably not too bad, but because i was using lots of water, i didn’t like the way water and pigment were moving. and the colour seems lighter.
rough was fun! rough surface captures pigments differently in fun way and it was easier to control water.
if you haven’t used all of the paper types yet and want give it a go, i think it is good one to get! .