Have you ever looked closely – and I mean really close at the surface of your watercolor paper? And noticed that some papers have this bumpy texture – whereas others don’t? Is there a purpose? Which one should you use?
More importantly…What is the difference between cold press and hot press paper?
WHY DOES WATERCOLOR PAPER HAVE BUMPS?
Well, what you are looking at is the texture of the paper – often referred to as the “tooth” of the paper. But why is this texture important to artist? Well, what we have stumbled upon is the difference between two types of watercolor paper – Hot Press Paper and Cold Press Paper.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOT PRESS & COLD PRESS WATERCOLOR PAPER?
Hot Press Paper
- Feels smooth to the touch – similar to Mixed Media paper but as we learned in the previous post – it is usually made with some form of cotton fibers and/or wood pulp. Personally – I like to think of this paper being HOT ironed flat. Thus having no bumps at all.
Cold Press Paper
- On the other hand, feels bumpy to the touch. It is sometimes referred to as “Not Paper” basically meaning Not Hot Press. I like to think of this Paper as having “GOOSEBUMPS” due to the COLD.