Hahnemühle Traditional Art Papers

cartaMilan Fashion Week has just finished and of course, as usual, I couldn’t resist to the temptation of illustrating some of my favorite runway looks. As you guys know I’m always  keen on trying and experimenting with new art supplies, so this time I painted my illustrations on  Hahnemuehle watercolor papers.  If you are not familiar with this brand, it is one of the leading European paper producers. This company has a very long history as they have been on the market since 1584. The papers I am going to review in this post are all mould-made, natural white, acid free and extremely resistant to ageing.



This Moschino inspired illustration was painted on Cézanne 300 gr, 100% cotton rag, hot pressed paper.




This illustration inspired by Marchesa was realised on William Turner 300 gr, 100% cotton, matt paper.




This Temperley London inspired illustration was painted on Hahnemühle 300 gsm, matt paper.

Here are a few things I noticed about these products…

The papers didn’t buckle when wet, thanks to their resistant surface and to the fact that the pads are glued and gauzed for this specific purpose. They have excellent absorbency so you have to work pretty quickly because the paint dries out fast. I accidentally dropped some color on the papers but I was able to scrubb it off without ruining the surface. These characteristics make them some of the best quality papers I have ever worked with.

and here is my personal opinion…

Of all three watercolor papers, Cézanne hot pressed is the one that impressed me the most.This paper has a very smooth surface which allows excellent colour flow and  makes colors look more brilliant. I really liked the way watercolor performed on it and the even washes I was able to achieve thanks to its smooth surface. Compared to Turner and  Hahnemühle matt, I found this paper easier to work with. I think it’s perfect for the type of illustrations I create and would definitely purchase more.

If you are interested you can find more info about Hahnemühle Traditional Art Papers on their website.

I hope you enjoyed this review!


Strathmore Artist Papers


One of the most important tools an artist need in order to create wonderful artwork is good quality paper. Choosing good paper is essential not only for experienced artists but also for beginners . This may be a difficult task as there are many different companies producing all sort of paper and you may have to try different ones before finding the one that works for you. I remember when I first started using watercolor I tried different brands and struggled to find the one that allowed me to achieved the best results. So I’m hoping this post will be helpful to those out there who are looking for some advice on this subject.


Recently Strathmore was kind enough to send me some of their watercolor papers to try out. If you are not familiar with this brand, it’s a U.S. based company and its products are one of the highest quality art papers available on the market.

You can find more info about Strathmore here http://www.strathmoreartist.com/


This is the Dolce & Gabbana inspired illustration I painted on their 400 Series Watercolor paper. It’s a 300 g/m2, cold press, acid free paper and it is advertised as suitable ” for watercolorists of all levels because of the fine and even washes that can be achieved using this sheet. It also has a strong surface that will allow lifting and scraping applications.”


Here is my personal opinion:

I found this paper really pleasant to work with. As you can see from the photo I chose a very detailed subject to illustrate and as I was painting I felt like watercolor pigments responded very well on the paper surface.

I liked the way watercolor performed on it and the washes I was able to achieve. This paper has good absorbency but it didn’t soak wet paint too quickly. It is also pretty resistant and it didn’t buckle. I did make a couple of mistakes here and there but I was able to scrubb it off without ruining the surface. It is an acid free paper which means that it won’t yellow and colors won’t degrade overtime.

I checked out the price on the internet (each website offers different deals) and it is not pricey at all if compared to most European brands I have tried before (I don’t know about other countries but in Italy watercolor paper in general is very expensive, even if it’s not of the best quality…). It’s not 100% cotton paper so I think that is why is so affordable but I feel like it performed well nonetheless and is totally worth the money you pay for it.

Overall I am really happy with this paper and I would definitely recommend it.


Hope you’ll find this post helpful.