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Old 11-14-2009, 07:09 PM   #1
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Default Does this exist? Smooth white water color paper?

All the water color paper I have here is an off white cream color and it has a slight texture. Is there such a thing as smooth white water color paper?

If so where?

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You can probably find "whiter" watercolor paper... but the texture is there to absorb the "watercolor" or ink. It's what makes it "watercolor paper."
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Cold press w/c paper tends to have the roughest texture. Arches brand is a little smoother. If you can find Hot Press w/c paper, it is the smoothest of all. It's usually harder to find and a little more costly, but it is smoother because of the hot press process.
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I found some really smooth watercolor paper in, of all places, Wal Mart. I rarely go there and we were looking for a cheap filing cabinet but I can never resist office supplies. Strolling down the paper aisle (or close to it) I saw watercolor paper - Canson Aquarelle 90 lb. in packs of 15 sheets for 1.97. I bought two. I haven't tried it out yet but I couldn't believe how smooth it looks.
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Yep, it does! The Hot Press is what you want. Love that stuff! http://www.dickblick.com/products/ar...ercolor-paper/
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This has come up on the forum before and somebody did point up a source for a true white, smooth watercolour paper - I think it's made by Fabriano. It's pricey though as it's a specialist supply and is aimed at people who do things like floral miniatures in watercolour.

As others have said, watercolour paper comes in different ways - typically cold press, "not" and hot press. Hot press is smoothest - it will take even a very detailed stamp, no problem (this is a card made with a detailed stamp from the Saturday Evening Post line and is done on 140lb hot press paper: watercolour lions).
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