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Old 01-21-2014, 06:24 AM   #1
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Does anyone have a recommendation for watercolor paper, maybe from Michael's, Hobby Lobby, or JoAnn's?

I've seen several techniques I want to try, by the SU watercolor paper is, in my opinion, too expensive for what you get.

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Old 01-21-2014, 12:24 PM   #2
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I buy from Dick Blick and enjoy the Fabriano hot press paper. It's available in several different sizes and blocks, etc. Plus, they have a bright white. I prefer the hot press because it's smooth.
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Strathmore brand is a good value - widely available, reasonably priced and good quality. The pad I have has a yellow cover, and is cold press, 140#.

When I have a little more money to spend on paper, I buy Fabriano... I have 2 different pads of the cold press (light texture) and the hot press (very smooth). Both types have 25% cotton content. I also love their watercolor stationery cards and panels (Fabriano Medioevalis).
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At Hobby Lobby you can buy big sheets of hot press for under $7.00. You can find it in the art department with all the mat boards, usually on the back wall. Cold press I usually buy what is on sale for the week like Strathmore or Canson. I do really like Canson.
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I have the Strathmore cold press that Dini suggested, and I use it a lot, especially for Distress Ink BGs, but for when I need a very smooth surface for a detailed outline stamp I use Canson Arches Hot Press 140 lb. It's pretty reasonable. I either buy a big sheet at the art supply store in town and cut it up or order a pad from Amazon or Blick.
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Ranger/Tim Holtz watercolor paper. It comes in 8-1/2 x 11 and a smaller size (I cannot remember the smaller size). It is smooth on one side and textured on the other side which is feature that I really like - 'two for one'.
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Old 01-24-2014, 03:41 AM   #7
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QueenOfInkland, I've never tried the TH paper. How smooth is the smooth side? Is it as smooth as hot press paper?
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Strathmore brand is a good value - widely available, reasonably priced and good quality. The pad I have has a yellow cover, and is cold press, 140#.

When I have a little more money to spend on paper, I buy Fabriano... I have 2 different pads of the cold press (light texture) and the hot press (very smooth). Both types have 25% cotton content. I also love their watercolor stationery cards and panels (Fabriano Medioevalis).
Strathmore is 50% at Michael's this week!
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Thank you all for your suggestions. You have been VERY helpful!

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Ranger/Tim Holtz watercolor paper. It comes in 8-1/2 x 11 and a smaller size (I cannot remember the smaller size). It is smooth on one side and textured on the other side which is feature that I really like - 'two for one'.
Can you please tell me the weight of the Ranger watercolor paper? Is it more like a hot press watercolor paper?

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It's considered a watercolor cardstock and it's 118#. The packs are cut into 4.25 by 5.5-Inch and there are 20 per package.
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It's considered a watercolor cardstock and it's 118#. The packs are cut into 4.25 by 5.5-Inch and there are 20 per package.
Thank you. I have used 90# and 140#. I also want to try the hot pressed paper, its just harder to find.

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I just watched an amazing video form Watercolor Misfit that totally explains diff between hot and cold press and much more!
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I just watched an amazing video form Watercolor Misfit that totally explains diff between hot and cold press and much more!
Where did you find the video please?
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Don't recall how I landed there.
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Thank you, I found it.
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