How to Choose the Right Watercolor Paper
Watercolor is Particular
Because watercolors are so watery, you can’t use just any type of drawing paper or paper pad to get the effects that you want .
Most Paper is too Solvent
Many paper types are basically water solvent – they will start to warp and even dissolve when you start applying watercolor paints.
Getting the Right Paper
Getting the right paper is imperative to creating a work of art that lasts. Here are some tips on finding the right watercolor paper
Use Cotton Rag
Cotton Rag is the most popular choice of serious watercolorist. The heavier the paper, the more versatility you get
The paper from a watercolor block is almost always thick enough that no water or pigment will penetrate
Using Cheaper Paper
If your budget is tight and you're just experimenting, there's nothing wrong with opting for the cheaper options in pad form
With a little prep work you can flatten the surface by giving it a once over with water and letting it dry completely. You need to stretch it flat before painting to prevent it from buckling
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