Watercolor Paper – My Favorites

posted by Misfit

Watercolor Paper is in my opinion the most crucial supply to my entire watercolor supply list. This is why I put alot of thought into what papers I paint on and why I use them. Below is a list of the papers I love and my thoughts on each.

>>> STUDENT GRADE WATERCOLOR PAPER <<<

Bee Paper Company Watercolor Paper Journals

MY THOUGHTS: This is by far my favorite student grade watercolor paper – and the reason for this is it is made from 100% cotton. However, that being said – I don’t really like Bee Paper’s watercolor paper pads – but their journals are amazing. I use this paper for experimenting and swatching – since it’s the most affordable of all the papers I own.

>>> ARTIST GRADE WATERCOLOR PAPER <<<

Arches Cold Press 140lb Watercolor Paper

MY THOUGHTS: Anything Arches I’ve always loved. I use this paper for illustrations that don’t require alot of water. This is more wallet friendly of an option for me for those less intense paintings.

Arches Cold Press 300lb Watercolor Paper Block

MY THOUGHTS: This is by far my favorite paper to work on at the moment – but be warned it is pricey. So I reserve this paper for special projects only.

Arches Hot Press 140lb Watercolor Paper

MY THOUGHTS: Recently, I’ve been playing around with more Hot Press paper and still find myself drawn to Arches. I love to use this paper for illustrations that need to be digitized (or photographed) since it doesn’t show the bumps on the paper. I also love to use this paper for intricate ink and pencil line work.

>> WATERCOLOR PAPER – I’M CURRENTLY TESTING <<<

Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. Cold Press Watercolor Paper Block

MY THOUGHTS: After exploring many different brands of papers during my YouTube Series – I stumbled upon this brand and have recently been falling in love. As I mentioned in the series – It’s a bit finer of a tooth (or less bumps) compared to Arches cold press paper. So this is a paper – I’m exploring and playing around with more recently.

Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. Hot Press Watercolor Paper Block

MY THOUGHTS: This is another watercolor paper – I’ve recently been playing around with. Recently I’ve found myself more drawn to Hot Press Paper and just wanted to test out a couple of brands as the year progresses.

AND THAT’S IT! THOSE ARE THE CURRENT WATERCOLOR PAPERS.

2 Comments

Joan Canning June 6, 2019 at 12:19 pm

enjoy your you tube an this blog is great for referencing your suggestions. Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. Hot Press an Cold Press Watercolor Paper presently using an enjoy both. Always wanted to try Arches starting with 140ib , have been saving up, its very expensive in Canada. Its on my wish list. Thanks for your detailed video it does clear up a lot of questions when ones not to sure how certain papers will react. Have a good day

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Misfit June 6, 2019 at 2:29 pm

THanks Joan! So glad it helped 😀

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