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Mid month - painting surfaces go here to see examples of shantimarie.wordpress.com/2010… - your comments will help our members learn new things !!! 

34 deviants said 140 lb blocked or single sheet watercolor paper
30 deviants said 300 lb blocked or single sheet watercolor paper
4 deviants said rice paper
3 deviants said bristol
2 deviants said gallery wrap canvas
1 deviant said Illustration board
1 deviant said other
No deviants said wood panel- the wood is painted in gesso and the finished painting is varnished or sprayed with a fixative
No deviants said gessoed masonite
No deviants said cloth

Devious Comments

Sarosna85 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I personally have learned to love Hahnemühle products. Recently I discovered Hahnemühle Anniversary - paper and before I've also used the Bamboo mixed media paper. Both are really great for wet on wet and the smooth side of the papers also works well with colored pencil detailing. I've also used Fabriano 5 HP but it blooms very easily. I'm really starting to turn into a Hahnemühle fan :)
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015   General Artist
I usually paint on paper (cold and hot pressed, 140lbs and more), I think it's what watercolor was designed for, and other surfaces doesn't actually allow to use watercolor's abilities. It's interesting experiment to use wood boards, masonite, cloth etc. but you can use opaque mediums on these and get better results. Kind of like if you use a spoon to carve in clay, when you can use special carver. I must admit though I never tried to paint on anything other than paper with watercolors because I never considered it worth giving a try, if I can just use acrylics or another medium created specifically to use on such surface.

My favourite surface would be cold-pressed paper. I use mostly Canson Student 250g (which I love despite low weight because of it's awesome texture), Canson Montval 300g, Daler&Rownely 300g, and Polish brand Fabriano 300g (300g=~140lbs approximately, I voted for 300lbs accidentaly confusing it with grams... must be the fever :sick:)
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Edited Jan 4, 2016   General Artist
Too late to edit, sorry for my fever - of course Fabriano is the oldest paper factory in Europe based in Italy, not Poland. And it's Rowney, not Rownely. :XD:
roxya1 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You make good points about the painting surfaces. :)
Shelter85 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
For botanical painting, which requires details, I use Fabriano Artistico hot press 140lb paper. It's my favourite. I also use Saunders Waterford HP which is also very good, but Fabriano Artistico is the best. I tried Arches HP but it was horrible for me, completely different paper, very hard to use. When it comes to cold press paper my favourite is one and only Canson Fontenay :woohoo:
roxya1 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I use 140lb cold press watercolor paper currently. I want to try those Aquabords from Ampersand one day.
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015   General Artist
I use Arches hot pressed per-soaked - blocked watercolor paper for the very smooth surface which makes line drawing easier.  Cold pressed would give more texture to the image and if I ever give up the ink that will be my first choice to paint on.
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