View Full Version : has wc paper changed ?

06-13-2001, 08:37 AM
Is it me or has watercolor paper changed in the last 25 years? Just starting to paint again after raising a family and doing
mostly adds for local merchants (barter system, worked great for things I needed, but did not give much practice in a
medium I loved. I find that the paper seem to rough up quicker after repeated washes. Now living in upstate New York there is not much of a selection. I have tried Strathmore, Lanaquarell, and have just bought Canson all 140lb. I
can tell you things have gone up in price!

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06-13-2001, 02:38 PM
which strathmore did you use? The 500 series?

Arches 140 has quite a lot of sizing and so the surface is tougher than some other papers. The HP surface is nice but don't like the CP.

Strathmore 500 bristol is very hard but smooth but great as a WC paper. Haven't tried the Strath 500 wc paper, yet.

Another route to less scuffing even on softer papers is to use gentler brushes. Squirrel is the best for a nice gentle brush. You can reglaze many times without scuffing as much as with the springier synthetics or even Kolinsky.


06-14-2001, 12:50 AM
Watercolour papers are quite different. I've tied 5 brands and they behave very differnt. I do not know how it was 25 yaeers ago though.
If the selection is scares in your region why not buy over Internet?


06-14-2001, 06:24 AM
Types of paper do vary. Best to try several and see which suits you. I myself always use 300gsm rough or Not by Arches or Saunders,

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