How to choose the right papers for watercolors?

There is so much heart and soul that one puts into their artwork. If you have chosen the right art papers, the appearance of your artwork can enhance significantly. In watercolour painting, the brushes are essential, the paint bears significance, however, the right paper sheet is the foundation for successful artwork. 

As an artist, you need to consider the following factors before selecting your drawing sheet:  1) quality, 2) production, 3) content, 4) weight, 5) texture and 6) colour. 

Quality – 

Two grades of water colour paper are available, namely the artists’ quality and the students’ quality. The first one is also known as archival paper. It is acid-free and can endure more than the other papers. Papers that have acid can become brittle and yellow over time. If you are a beginner, you can stick to the students’ quality paper.
ArtRight’s Artist Quality Handmade Watercolour Papers are ideal for all art lovers. They are handmade papers created keeping the needs of artists in mind. They come in 4 sizes : A2, A3, A4 and A5, convenient for artworks ranging from the smallest to the largest sizes.
Art Paper

Production – 

Art papers can be made using any one of three processes which are – handmade, mould-made and machine made. Artists have indicated that the handmade paper is the best followed by mould made. Both of these papers have passed the test of durability and don’t distort even under heavy wash. One of the distinct qualities of these papers is that their surface texture is irregular. Students can buy the machine-made quality since they are beginners. ArtRight’s watercolor papers for painting are ideal for all skill levels. 
Drawing Sheet

Content – 

Using a mixture of water and cellulose fibres, paper is made. Artists should use quality papers which are 100% cotton to ensure its strength. Cotton paper is also referred to as rag paper. ArtRight’s Papers are 75% homegrown cotton. This ensures they provide the right texture and absorption. They are made using wood pulp, or sometimes a combination of cotton and other cellulose fibres are usually cheaper. Art enthusiasts can resort to using that. 

Weight – 

Watercolour papers come in both heavy and light varieties. Light papers might wrinkle when you use watercolors on them. In comparison to this, heavy papers can absorb more. It is advised for artists to use heavy paper since it doesn’t need any stretching. ArtRight’s watercolor sheets are of 300 GSM, they absorb more water and color to give the ideal look. Beginners can use the 140lb paper which is good to work and less expensive. 

Texture – 

Texture of the drawing sheet is a subjective matter that is based on personal taste and style of painting. There are many different textures. The first is hot-pressed paper which has a smooth and hard surface. Artists like to use hot-pressed paper to do detailed work whereas others have complained of difficulty in controlling paint. The next type is cold-pressed paper, also known as ‘Not paper’. Popular Art Supply brands like ArtRight deal in premium cold-pressed watercolour papers. It is by far the most suitable and popular texture owing to its semi-rough surface which makes it suitable for beginners and experienced painters. Lastly, we have rough paper which is good for washes because it allows a kind of luminosity.

Colour – 

Water paper colours are available in white and bright white. One can use whichever one wants depending on their personal preference. The off-white bright color exudes a warmer feeling and is ideal for impressionist and surrealist forms of artworks. White colored watercolor papers are ideal for a regular day-to-day practice of art.

To sum everything up for you, the watercolour paper matters for your artwork. Consider these factors before you buy yours! Use good brands for your watercolors to make ideal watercolor paintings. Art is something not to be compromised with.
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