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Artguy29
08-30-2004, 10:36 PM
When painting acrylics on watercolor paper, what is the best weight to use (140 lb. , 200 lb, 300 lb, etc...)? I have a sheet of 140 lb. watercolor paper which I stretched over an extra 9"x12" stiff canvas panel. I then put a piece of stiff cardboard on the back of the panel. My theroy is that this will stop the paper from bending. I could just use watercolors, but would rather water down my acrylics. Thanks,

Dave

Richard Saylor
08-30-2004, 11:41 PM
A 140 lb watercolor block works fine for me. Sometimes I use 300 lb watercolor paper taped around the edge to a stiff board. The 140 lb paper may buckle slightly when applying a very wet wash, but it flattens back out when it dries. After a certain amount of paint has penetrated the paper, buckling is no longer a problem.

sassybird
08-31-2004, 12:30 AM
I find watercolor paper good with acrylics, usually for me it is 300lb, but that is because I use 300lb for watercolors. Another good base is 2 or 4 ply musuem board. I love the surface to that with acrylics.

Artguy29
08-31-2004, 08:45 AM
Thanks, Richard and Charissa. Do you know about how much 140 lb or 300lb watercolor blocks go for?

Lady Carol
08-31-2004, 10:04 AM
I frequently use 300lb paper. You can get it at Michaels for about $10-20 depending on the size of the paper and the number of sheets.

Richard Saylor
08-31-2004, 12:45 PM
Thanks, Richard and Charissa. Do you know about how much 140 lb or 300lb watercolor blocks go for?
It depends on the size. Cheap Joe's has Arches 9"x12" blocks (140 lb, 20 sheets) for $18.79. It can be hard to find 300 lb blocks. The smallest Kilimanjaro 300 lb block is 10"x14" (10 sheets) for $19.99. (You can only get Kilimanjaro paper at Cheap Joe's.) You should also price them at Dick Blick, which I think has lower shipping rates for small orders.