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Abbey Sy

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Types of Watercolor Paper

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Types of Watercolor Paper

PAPER QUALITY
CELLULOSE
-recommended for beginners and for
-practice work
-budget-friendly
Brands: Dater & Rowney, Canson Montval, Magnani 1404
COTTON
-recommended for advanced watercolor
-painters
-best for archival work
-more expensive than cellulose
Brands: Arches, St. Cuthbert's Mill, Fabriano Artistico

PAPER FORMS
Pad — bound together in notebook form (spiral or stitched)
Block — can be detached for individual pieces / archival work
PAPER TEXTURES Hot pressed — smooth
Cold pressed* — slightly textured
Rough — coarsely textured
*this is the most used watercolor paper type as it captures great detail with its not too rough texture

RECOMMENDED WATERCOLOR-FRIENDLY JOURNALS / SKETCHBOOKS
Moleskine Art Plus Watercolor Album lightweight (200gsm watercolor paper), absorbs paint well, and is perfect for on-the-go watercolor paintingPAPER FORMS
Pad — bound together in notebook form (spiral or stitched)
Block — can be detached for individual pieces / archival work
PAPER TEXTURES Hot pressed — smooth
Cold pressed* — slightly textured
Rough — coarsely textured
*this is the most used watercolor paper type as it captures great detail with its not too rough textureMossery Sketchbook great for mixed media work (their options range from 220gsm-300gsm) and come in colorful cover designs
Strathmore 400 Series Watercolor Hardbound Art Journal
consists of intermediate grade watercolor paper and works well with watercolor, gouache, or acrylic paint

WHAT TYPE OF PAPER SHOULD YOU GET?
It deends on these factors.
THE SUBJECT What subjects do you paint? Letters, landscapes, or portraits? Determining this can help you figure out what type of papers you will buy.

WHAT TYPE OF PAPER SHOULD YOU GET?
It depends on these factors.
YOUR BUDGET
How much are you willing to spend on your materials? Are you a beginner or advanced in painting? Will these be for practice or for commissioned artwork purposes?

WHAT TYPE OF PAPER SHOULD YOU GET?
It depends on these factors. YOUR PAINT STASH
What types of watercolor paints do you own? This will help you figure out the types of paper you need to maximize your paint's properties and your skills.

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