WATERCOLOR JOURNALS – There is just something special – when it comes to opening a crisp new journal and flipping through its smooth white pages. I’ve tried a number of watercolor journals in my years of painting – but have to say I’ve never quite fallen in love with one as much as this.
// You See I’m Quite Picky.
Yeah – you heard me! I’m extremely picky when it comes to my paper. Um – for crying out loud I even created a whole series just testing out a bunch of random watercolor papers from different brands. I’ll link it below if you are interested. With that beings said – I have several qualifiers when it comes to a good kind of paper in my book!
1 // 100% Cotton
My first qualifier is the paper must be 100% cotton. After testing hundreds of papers – there just really isn’t anything like painting on pure cotton.
2// Smooth Tooth
My second qualifier is the paper must have a smooth tooth or texture. Hot Press Paper – or paper that has been “hot ironed” flat is the smoothest type of paper to paint on. I love working on smooth surfaces – since this allows me to add intricate ink and pencil details – that might get lost in an otherwise. While Cold Press Paper is great for water control & a bit easier to work on – I still have a sweet spot in my heart for Hot Press.
3 // Saturation of Color
My last qualifier is the paper must be able to absorb my paints with ease – thus giving me the best coverage and color pay off!
// The Results Are In…
After working in this journal for a month – I have to say I’ve loved every minute. I’ve tried swatching colors – glazing and even pushed it with some wet on wet effects. Overall, for the price – I’m extremely happy! Is it the best paper I’ve painting on – NO. I still have a sweet spot in my heart for 300lb paper that is in sheets. But that is for another post. That being said – is it the best watercolor journal I’ve worked in – YES. If you would like to snatch one up for yourself – make sure to check out the link below. If you purchase through that link – I’ll earn a small commission! So thanks in advance and happy painting!