Watercolor Paper – interesting blog post


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     Halina Veratsennik 

    I came across this blog post with Watercolor Paper: 5 Things You May Not Know

    I always thought that different sides of the paper has different textures, and there is a “wrong” side… hmmm

     Tonya L 

    Thanks for sharing my post, Halina! 🙂 Watercolor paper is pretty interesting stuff. Feel free to ask any questions. I’m certainly no expert, but I have a deep love of all things watercolor. Happy WWM!

     Sandra Strait 

    Watercolor paper does have a different texture on each side, but by how much depends on the brand and how it is manufactured.  The term ‘wrong’ is the wrong term to use though, lol.  Both sides can be painted on, but if the difference is pronounced you’ll get different results.  Depending on what the artist is going for, there may be one side that is definitely better to use, but lots of artists happily use either side.  I usually paint on both unless I intend to frame the piece.

     SnehLata Maheshwari 
    1. The quality of papers are totally different in every where.
    2. Some times difficult to decide
    3. The Texture of papers like suck the  water emideatly .   Then painting it self find difficulty.
    4. So these are the problem’s , have to face.
     Thomas Blanchard 

    Very interesting.  I’ve seen some difference in Arches cold press pads vs. full sheets but thought it was just me and my eyes playing games with me.

     Jennifer McLean 

    gotta love it when people quote your site!!

     Sharon Nolfi 

    I’ve noticed a difference between Stonehenge original (not Aqua watercolor) paper in pads and the same paper in large sheets. The company told me the paper is identical, but that it gets compressed when bound into pads – an explanation that seems reasonable. Best known as a printmaking paper, I use Stonehenge for colored pencil.

     Sandra Strait 

    Many papers are different in pads than they are in large sheets or blocks.  The compression explanation sounds reasonable.  I’ve also heard that they are sized differently because the expectation is that they’ll be handled differently.  I’d think that would vary according to the brand, though.

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