Trying a piece of Hot Press paper (140lb / 300 gsm). Didn’t really have a plan on what I was actually going to create so this doodlewash came out. I started understanding the differences with cold press about half way through. It was too late to do anything with that knowledge, however, so I just kept doodling. 

I think I prefer cold press, but that’s likely because it’s what I’ve been using. Also, the hot press didn’t like my masking tap, or rather liked it too well, and some of the paper came up with it when it was removed. Going to have to try this paper again with a little more of a plan in mind and maybe a bit more research. 

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4 thoughts on “Hot Press Test

  1. …finding your paper is one of the more interesting joys, as not only are the types different, but also the makers, with every maker having its avid groupies. I prefer Hot Press 140# (Arches) because it is a little creamy in tone, has a beautifully smooth surface which lets a wash glide over it before being absorbed, will take repeated over-washing, can tolerate limited scrubbing-0ut, and is a superb choice for skies with complex cloudscapes. But, as you well point out, masking fluid is more successful when using Cold Press or the rougher papers. I also enjoy doing watercolours using plain old matt board, but again as you say, must have ‘a plan’ as to what my pallet is, what is going to be put down first, and how much pigment on the brush for each stage. However, confidence is improved with having a test piece/paper next to the actual painting so I can test out things first before going to the painting itself. I don’t know if any of this is helpful, but I do enjoy seeing your own progression and joys of discovery.

    1. Very helpful!! Thanks so much Lance! It’s been quite a journey already and I’m only a couple weeks in. I’m learning something new every day so that’s been really fun…and challenging. Really helpful information and appreciate the comments (keep them coming!). It’s nice to know there are people out there watching my little blog. 😉

    2. Great information. I tried hot press last week and it just mystified me so I put it away and was not gonna use it again . But after reading your post I see that I need to try it again .

  2. I’m definitely going to give it a few more tries as I do like the different types of washes you can produce. But I haven’t even come close to mastering cold press so I guess it’s just one step at a time!

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