So, let’s face it – there are so many watercolor paper brands out there and it can get really over whelming trying to choose the right one for you. So today – I’m gonna do something that I honestly wished I have done years ago – if I had had the money to do so.
AND THAT IS HAVE A BATTLE ROYAL – for Watercolor Paper Brands.
So – here’s my plan – I have 10 watercolor paper brands – some of which I’ve gathered over the past year – and some which I order over the past few weeks based on your suggestions. I bought all of these brands with my own money. And to try and make the playing field as even as possible – I bought only 140lb cold press watercolor paper and cut each of the papers into the same size – so they look nearly identical.
Here are the objectives or criteria that I am looking for in each paper
- WARPING/BUCKLING: Did the paper remain flat during the entire portion of the painting?
- PAINT ABSORPTION: Did the paint absorb evenly into the paper?
- COLOR VIBRANCY: Does the color look vibrant – especially in the final illustration?
- SMOOTH WASHES: Does the illustration have unwanted textures?
- WET ON WET: Did the paper work well using heavy amounts of water?
- GLAZING: Does the paper layer well over previous colors?
- OVERWORKED: Is the paper ripping or peeling from being over worked from water?
- CORRECTION: Is it easy to lift or correct mistakes?
- OVERALL FEEL:Was the paper easy to paint on as a whole?
THE BREAK DOWN
Now that you know what I am looking for here is a break down of my favorite brands from the study and how each paper performed as well as my thoughts on each.
HERE’S ANOTHER COMPARISON OF THE BRANDS WITH ILLUSTRATIONS
ARCHES WATERCOLOR PAPER
WATERCOLOR BEE PAPER
HAHNEMUHLE CEZANNE PAPER
SAUNDERS WATERFORD PAPER
WINSOR AND NEWTON
FABRIANO ARTISTICO PAPER