Watercolor Paper Basics
Learn How To Choose The Right Paper For You
Watercolor paper has several characteristics that affect the way the paper works when you paint on it. In this short lesson, we go over the important factors so you’ll know what paper to get for your kind of painting.
Paper is one of those necessities for painting in transparent watercolor. Since water is the medium, an absorbent surface is a requirement and paper fills that requirement better than anything else.
There are many different brands of watercolor paper available but they are not all the same. Many are not really suitable as the support when longevity and light-fastness are required. Indeed, there are many papers that really fall into the category of “student-grade”. These are the less expensive papers, and they are not recommended even for those who are “students” or just learning watercolor painting.
In this short tutorial lesson, we go over the important characteristics of watercolor paper. We only cover professional grade paper – if you’re not sure what that means, we cover it in this lesson.
What You Need To Know About Watercolor Paper
There are four things you’ll want to know about your paper: the source of fiber to make the paper – this is what determines whether it is professional or not; the kind of surface texture; its thickness or weight; how it is “sized” and to what extent
Once you understand each of them, it’ll be easier to decide what paper to use for your paintings.
The Paper We Use
The lesson uses three different sheets of Arches watercolor paper as examples. You can find all three papers in loose sheets by clicking here
Basic Materials and Information
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