Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Need Advice From Fellow Artists

I'm starting to find that hot press paper is just too smooth for my liking, and the cold press too rough. Does anyone know of a type of watercolor paper that's kind of in between? Maybe a cold press paper that's a little smoother than what's typical (Arches is too rough). Please leave a comment if you know of any. Thanks! :0)


Roz said...

Have you tried soft press, Paige? That is supposed to be a happy medium.
I used it when I was working in gouache.
I liked Fabriano soft press.

Ginger*:)* said...

Hi Paige... I WISH I knew! I have tried both and since I like to do a watercolor for a lot of preliminary illustrations I have tried many types. I may take up Roz's suggestion and try Fabriano soft press. For my finishes I use digital media so I don't need to be too picky. This is such a great question.... I hope there is the right answer for you.

Paige Keiser said...

Oh yes soft press - is that what it's called?? I love you Roz, TY!

Ginger, I think that's it :-D woo hoo!

Anonymous said...

Hello Paige,

Another paper worth trying is Strathmore Aquarius II Watercolor Paper. It's not as textured as Arches cold press. I use it because it's thin enough to go through my printer and it doesn't buckle with water.

Hope this helps!


erik said...

Say Paige,

I would concur and give a thumbs up to to the 140 lb. Fabriano papers... I've been using the soft press on recent ink/wash/charcoal and/or colored pencil drawings and its very nice -- smooth, but enough tooth for a little texture :)

Anonymous said...

Have you tried the back (wrong) side of hot press? It is in between hot and cold press, with a light tooth similar to fine drawing paper. It's just right to my taste for working in watercolor and pencil.

Michael Naples said...

I like the Strathmore Bristol Board. The 300 lb. or 4 ply should be thick enough for your watercolors.

I love you green apple on the watercolors blog. It's my fav.

Your brother is kinda an idle of mine. I have copied his concept and the productivity is very uplifting to me.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Paige

Fabriano Uno has a soft surface that is in between the hot and cold press

also lanaquerelle has some printmaking papers that are very choice and Rives Bfk which has a soft press kind of finish.

Daniel Smith is where I buy my papers. they have an online catalog.

marty y

Paige Keiser said...

Thanks again for everyone's input! I have a lot more options than I thought! Looking forward to trying out some of these. :0)

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