Strathmore paper review

20160921_13294020160920_183152

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi guys, as you know I always enjoy trying out different kind of papers & review them for you. This time Strathmore kindly sent me their Ready Cut Watercolor Hot Press Paper. Its a 100% cotton, acid free, 300gr, professional paper.

Please bear in mind that in this review I will express my personal opinion. In the end liking one paper over another is a matter of personal preference & also depends on the type of art you do. For me, I always go for a hot pressed because it works well for detailed illustrations and I find it easier to work with.

So here is my personal opinion on this paper:

I love the fact that this paper is very resistant and even if it slightly buckled while I was painting, once it dried out the buckle disappeared.

This paper has good absorbency and I found it soaked wet paint very quickly.

I also love that Strathmore paper is cheaper then most European brands. As you know watercolour paper can be quite pricey. So perhaps if you are just getting started with watercolour you may want to check this brand out. The only thing I didn’t like about this paper is that it’s not smooth enough for me. I always use fineliners to finish my artwork and the texture of this paper made it difficult for me to achieve precise lines.

GetTheLondonLook@

I hope you enjoyed this review and if you’d like to know what I think about other Strathmore Papers check out this link:

Strathmore Artist Papers

You can also find more products reviewed here:

How to choose Art Supplies

xoxo

Melissa

Strathmore Artist Papers

photo

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.

IMG_0676

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/

IMG_0837

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.”

IMG_0889

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.

IMG_0847

Hope you’ll find this post helpful.

xoxo,

Melissa