Blick Premier Watercolor Hot Press Block – Review


Yep, you heard me. My goal this year is to find a new watercolor paper that meshes more with my artistic style. Recently, I’ve been using more detail supplies for my watercolor paintings – such as pencils and pens. And as a result, my Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper just isn’t vibing with me as much as it used to.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I still love Arches – but want to find a smoother textured paper (most likely Hot Press Watercolor Paper) that will fit more of my needs. This is why I’ve started testing out new papers in search of the perfect match for my needs.

What I Desire…

So before I even began painting – I wrote out a list of what I desired from my paper.

  • SMOOTH SURFACE: As discussed earlier – I want a smooth or flat textured surface for detail work as well as photographing my art. I’ve recently been using my art in digital formats more than traditional forms. But still love the element of painting on a paper surface (as opposed to a digital format – like procreate).
  • EASY CONTROL: I’m still looking for a paper that gives me a decent amount of water control – similar to Cold Press Paper. I want the paper to absorb color evenly and with little surprises of unwanted textures (which Hot Press Paper is known for). If I’m being honest, I’m looking for a paper that is a happy medium between Cold and Hot Press papers – especially when it comes to ease of the painting process. Watercolor is hard enough – I really don’t want to be fighting the paper to achieve what I desire in my head.
  • AVAILABILITY & VARIATION: I’m also looking for something that is easy to purchase and comes in a wide variety of sizes and weights. I’m basing this off my experience with Arches – but I do enjoy purchasing the same brand of paper in different weights (140lb and 300lb) as well as different sizes and formats (such as pads, blocks, and sheets).

Reviewing Blick’s Premier Watercolor Hot Press Paper

Now that that is covered – and you kind of have an idea of what I’m looking for – let’s talk about Blick’s Premier Watercolor Block in Hot Press Watercolor Paper. Below I’ve created a fun info chart of my findings…


So here are my final thoughts. I probably won’t be painting on this paper again. I probably will use it for exploratory exercises – especially using wet-on-wet techniques. I thoroughly enjoyed allowing the colors to kind of blend and mix when I wasn’t trying to create shard crisp edges. I honestly was rooting for this paper – especially when I found out it was made with 100% Cotton. But, sadly it just didn’t make the mark for my book. So, moving on to the next paper…

If you are curious about some of the terms I used in this post or just want to get a better understanding of watercolor paper in general please check out my blog post below. ?

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Hi there! My name is Carrie and I'm a Watercolor Misfit! What's a Watercolor Misfit? Well, anyone who is willing to try new things and not afraid to get their hands covered in paint! So what do you say, are you a Misfit-ian?

1 Comment

  • Laurel
    March 11, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    Hi Carrie,
    I was wondering if you have tried anyone’s “soft press” paper.
    I’m told it is a compromise between cold and hot press, but haven’t used it myself.
    Clearly this isn’t a well-informed suggestion, but I’d be curious to know your impression of the tooth.


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