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07-21-2000, 07:08 PM
Can any one enlighten me to which kind of paper is easy to work with in WC? I want a smooth wash, from dark to lt, and the ability to keep the "flow" liquidity of the media.
Also, any ideas on retarting the drying time in application.

07-21-2000, 08:57 PM
Hello VanGogh...one of the things I love about watercolor is the way it dries fast. If you want to slow down the drying process, use more water. Wet into wet should give you that flowing effect...dark to light. Just practice to learn how much water is too much.
As for paper... I normally use 300#cold press but for a smoother surface I use hot press.
Hope this helps.... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol

07-21-2000, 11:27 PM
Hi Van,
Welcome to WetCanvas!
Winsor & Newton makes some stuff called Blending Medium for watercolor, which slows the drying time. I use it sometimes when working outdoors in breezy weather. It might be of some help to you.



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Lynda Mortensen
07-23-2000, 02:06 PM
Hi Van Gogh,

Cold press is generally the easiest paper to work on if you are doing stuff like landscapes, portraits etc., Smooth washes are easy on this type of paper. Rough paper is wonderful, and I much prefer a rough surface, but your washes will granulate more and you will get more 'skipping' of the paint when you do dry brush effects.

Hot press is very smooth paper and usually used for very detailed paintings - like botanical flower studies or photorealism. It is much more difficult to get a large, smooth wash on hot pressed paper, and 'cauliflowering' is more of a problem too.

I've had problems with washes drying too quickly too, and put out the same question on a couple of sites. No real answers I'm afraid, bar working in a room with a humidifier and using loads more water. If painting en plein air, then I've found that working smaller helps.

07-24-2000, 03:28 PM
I use rough paper because I love the granulation effect, smooth would probably suit your needs more,

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