Hot-pressed paper is a standard for those aiming for realism and a smoother tone than cold-pressed counterparts. Heavy paper block means paper keeps its shape better than most watercolor pads and books. Great for artists who work one sheet at a time and don't want needless mounting, taping, or clamping.
Hot press might be too smooth for some, although Speedball also has cold press.
Built for practice and messing around. Lightweight watercolor paper that's perfect for children who just want to make a mess on paper. Top-bound design works well, as long as buyers know what they're getting. Two 50-sheet notebooks and 200 sides to work on for a fraction of competitors' cost.
While advertised for professionals, this paper is best for beginners and children since it's lightweight.
Acid-free. Good 140 lb/300 gsm weight and thickness for multiple washes without bleeding or warping. Cold-pressed for a slightly textured surface. Simple glue-bound pad for comfortable use and easy removal. Comes in 2 pads of 32 sheets per pack. Suitable for both flat washes and fine detail work.
Some complaints of pilling when used with brushes.
Acid-free watercolor paper that, while not archival like the Strathmore 500 series, makes up for it in affordability and performance. Great for artists who want to preserve their pieces without springing for the top of the line. Top-based wiring means artists can tear paper out without losing valuable surface area.
Buckles if too much water floods the surface.
Built for sketching, journaling, and light washes. The ideal for journalers, urban sketchers, illustrators, and hobbyists who need stronger, heavier, toothier paper than the average bargain brand. Easily removable label with customizable hardcover beneath.
Advertised dimensions include holes for wires. Could be a nuisance for framing and displays.
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