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.
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.)
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 !
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.
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
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.
Red--SquirrelFeatured By OwnerAug 8, 2011Professional 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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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?
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!!
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.
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.
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 I also like to use different sides of the paper, when I don't have reserves of it.