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What kind of watercolor paper do you like to use? 

36%
315 deviants said Cold Press
26%
226 deviants said I... don't know what that press stuff means! :noes:
22%
198 deviants said Whatever paper is closest to me! :D
10%
88 deviants said Hot Press
7%
58 deviants said Rough Press

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:iconmegadee:
Megadee Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
I'm a fan of Arches 300lb cold press. Dick Blick sells it in giant rolls, but it's costly. :(
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JacobJenkins Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I have a friend that uses Rough Press and her works are fantastic, I myself am a cold press fan.
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Roseprincess1 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
OK.. another question. this goes along with the paper kinda.. does any one else suffer from Knappy paint box syndrome.. and if so how the heck do you keep the bloody thing clean!?
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Roseprincess1 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
hey there. quick question.. are N.O.T. and cold pressed paper the same thing? the kind i use is typically strathmore 140lb wind power NOT....i swear thats what its called.. it works very well for me is nice and durrable.. streaches well.. and can survive most of what i do to it. it has a nice texture.. not to rough.. and best of all..you get like 70 sheets for 9.99 at micheals.
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Kusilinda Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
I use hot and cold pressed paper. Hot pressed for botanishe painting with many layers and cold pressed for everything other, especially when i want to use structure of paper.
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sunlightsrising Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
Fabriano Artistico "extra white" 140 lb Rough for landscapes. Hot press and Soft press for other stuff. Fabriano's cold press paper has a very uniform, predictable texture which I find very unappealing. I guess picking three textures isn't being very decisive so I could prbly get by without H.P. But I would not like to do without either my soft or rough. ( Also, Fabriano is cheaper than all other brands of watercolor paper which I consider to be of acceptable quality.)
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mapelie Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cold press, baby! More textures!
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Lorellyne Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi !!
I started using cold press and then tried the Hahnemühle fineart mixed media paper made from bamboo and rag fiber. But I didn't get the smooth result I intended as for me the cold press paper absorbed the colors too fast.

Now I'm using hot-pressed Arches watercolor paper and it's one of the best paper I've tried ! When working wet on wet and the colors get absorbed slowly so I can really take my time for the effects I wish to create and its also a wonderful paper for detailed works !
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zoareena Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
any watercolor paper that has enough weight to withstand water.
and best is if it's cheap, too.
but i guess i like cold press the best since it;s so smooth.
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Mechanicold Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
I like cold press when I'm using watercolor paper, but hot press when using bristol board.
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IrieGyal Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I am very picky about paper! I ONLY use Arches 140lb cold press. I have tried others, but I hate them all. Arches 140lb cold press is the only one that seems to be able to take the multiple layers of color that I like to use and keep the richness of all the colors.
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:iconmegadee:
Megadee Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
then you should try the 300lbs. I usually use the 140lbs but the 300lbs is like a special treat.
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LittleSeaSparrow Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Hot press for details and fine line art, cold press for the rest :)
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amyhooton Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
I love the smoothness of Hot press. Far better results for the type of work I do. Fluidity of the material is my aim and is better achieved on Hot press.
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AcidMother Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
i gotta say here where i live, people are stupid... there's only one place to buy materials an papers and other stuff, thins are extremetely expensive...... and according to those papers always have cold press :(
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abasss Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Have you tried buying a huge piece of paper and then fraction it? I'm the cheapest watercolorist that walks this earth, I often do that to save money.
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AcidMother Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
yes in fact you can't find paper in sheets...... oh what a third world :( jajajjajajaja, thanks
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abasss Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
Dale, si en Argentina hay en Mexico tiene que haber seguro!
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Mythian Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional Writer
Bristol board or illustration paper that's at least 160lb weight for watercolor. I'm currently using such a piece of paper of 22x24.
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:iconzzen:
zzen Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually - rough is cold press :) I love cold press with texture - unfortunatelly, I cannot figure out how to paint on hot press paper.
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bcr8tive Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hot press is good for fine, tight detail. The paint doesn't move as much which might be why you had trouble? Not sure though. I prefer cold but I've experimented on all of it, including Yupo.
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abasss Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Whatever is nearer, but at the moment I posses a stash of hot pressed. Each type has its charm though.
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Tyleen Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
I work at an art store and I find one of the reasons why people tend to use Cold Press more is because that's just what's more available. Practically every brand of watercolor pads are cold press with the exception of a limited few that offer their paper in hot and rough, and if they do it's often expensive.
Even the single sheets are biased to Cold Press. We only have 5 different Rough Press types, maybe 8 Hot Press options, then the other 20-30 different sheets are all Cold Press.
And I find it's the standard Press type that teachers ask their students to buy.
So before some artists even start they are already pushed in the direction of using Cold Press without experiencing the other types of Press.
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bcr8tive Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
I order mine online, saves money and I get enough to last me quite a while. I always buy sheets, I could cut them if I wanted to but I always wind up using the whole sheet. :heart:
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Red--Squirrel Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Saunders Waterford hot pressed 140/200lb. It is smooth (great for the linework) yet has surface texture - great for getting that interesting texture from the paints. Its much cheaper than Arches, and far superior in my opinion. It takes plenty of washes; lots of abuse and lifting out from me.
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
I use some hot press because it's cheaper, but I prefer cold press. It's just more "watercoloury" to me. I have to admit, the hot press brand I use is thinner, so I might be biased because of that. Thicker paper is always better.
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Cold press usually. My current favourite is [link]
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andytantowibelzark Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
uhmm... I'm a newbie at watercolor, so, I don't really know about papers LOL

I usually use the standard sketchbook paper :lmao:
and, when I wanna try, I used canson watercolor paper, but i didn't know that there're many kinds of paper like these @.@
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riinaloviisa Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
i usually buy the one with the best price! meaning, it's not the cheapest (which means it's not that good) and not the most expensive (because it would be waste as long as i'm not THAT good painter, i'm still practising with this "cheap" thing) :--DD
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Keeri-chan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Student
My watercolour paper is not by that name :I
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Sigune Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have posted a paper comparison here: [link]

I'd have to say that I like using all of them, but for different reasons. My absolute favourite with line-art is hot-pressed Arches paper. I do like a bit of texture for the paint, though, so most of the time I used cold-pressed paper (which is also quite a bit cheaper than hot-pressed Arches...). I have recently tried rough Arches paper, which turns out to be murder for my brush pens but a dream for painting on. It makes colours look really gorgeous and gives you wonderfully smooth washes (I mean the paint dries slowly).
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Si3art Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Its never written on the blocks, but I guess from the other deviants descriptions, then usually I use "cold pressed" paper. Yea, the paper has some textures and its really bothering sometimes and then I try to paint on the other side of the paper beacuse its a bit smooter. :giggle:
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zakkiya29 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use cold press paper ! I was thinking of doing one in hot press but I wanted to know more about whether this would work!
Ive seen some works of watercolor done on smooth bristol with beautiful results! Any takes on that?
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LittleSeaSparrow Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Hi! I've started using smooth bristol when doing fine linart or if I want lots of fine details and it works really well, once you adapt to it (you can't get the same "wet" effects though, as on watercolour paper, or it will buckle too much). The bristol must be very smooth of course but also thick enough (at least 250 or 300g/m2 it will not absorb the water). Just try it!! :)
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zakkiya29 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey thanx a lot!! I have canson smooth bristol 224 g right now with me . I dont know whether that will be ok for it but I will try the next time i take out my paintbrushes.
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LittleSeaSparrow Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
224 g is not bad but try not to use too much water with your watercolours or it will buckle too much! I've found some 250g/m2 Canson bristol which works well and another cheaper brand (300 g/m2) which is also very good.
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Lexou-chan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use a Hot press arches paper because I prefer smooth surface to textured ones ^^
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virydi Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In fact, I don't have such specification on my watercolor paper :O It is written acid-free only.
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Juro89 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Mainly I use hot-pressed paper, my watercolors are always full of details, but gladly use cold-pressed, especially for the smaller ones, but I do not mind change, to find new effects.
Instead I have never found in stores rough pressed paper, so I never tried.
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EldalinSkywalker Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hot press is supposed to be the smoothest paper, but in my local art supply store, I found that the smoothest paper was in fact cold pressed. It's as smooth as printing paper!

I like my paper that smooth because I tend to combine watercolour with pencil, and pencil just looks plain ugly on rougher paper.
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011   General Artist
it seems I mostly use cold pressed paper, but it's not perfect for all my pictures - I wish I made the last one on smoother paper to preserve more details. I'll think about it next time. great that you have put here this poll, I wouldn't know what's wrong with my last painting :P
I also like to use different sides of the paper, when I don't have reserves of it. :)
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annewipf Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
I don't know, it is not written on it. I use a mould-made watercolour paper, gelatine-sized and air-dried. (Arches Aquarelle).
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Not-Think Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It depends on the type of painting that I'm doing- though I hardly ever use hot press.. my most recent was 400 lb rough press. That was an experience!
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martinacecilia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
it depends on the work I'm doing.

cold press most of the times.
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leotheyardiechick Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I prefer hot press for when I'm working with wet and dry media (not to mention going for greater detail), but cold press for straight paint.
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hoanglap Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'd like using cold press :D.
I first heard of hot press some weeks ago :D, but never been seen or use it :"<. I'll try using it in the future, hehe.
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anmeher Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I bought cold press since it was the only kind at my university's art store (I'm new at watercolor). I really like it but I'd love to experiment with other types too. :D
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hot press for me. Especially Arches Hot Press Paper. :)
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Quilsnap Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011   General Artist
I really love rough and rough coldpress
I've overdone it a bit though, and I'm leaning towards smoother hotpress now

yay paper
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bpisek Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll use Hot Press if I want more fine detail in my work, and Cold Press if I want happy accidents, or texture look through the paint.
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