Strathmore paper review

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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.

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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

Watercolor Paper Review

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Hello guys! I often get asked questions about art supplies, what type of watercolor I use and what’s the best type of paper, so I’m hoping you’ll find this review helpful. I recently had the pleasure to try DalerRowney products for the very first time. They sent me their Langton Prestige 100% cotton watercolor paper and this is the illustration I painted on it.

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So here is what I think of this paper…

The first thing I noticed as I was painting is that watercolor didn’t dry fast on this paper which is great for me because this left me enough time to blend the colors and create beautiful effects. However, the second thing I noticed is that the paper tends to buckle when wet (note that I was painting on Hot Pressed paper), so perhaps purchasing the 4 sides glued pads might avoid this problem. Overall I really liked the way watercolor performed on Langton paper especially how the smooth surface made the colors look so brilliant. I think this is actually the best quality of this product, because of all the papers I’ve tried so far this is the one that made colors look more vibrant.

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If you are interested you can find more info about Daler Rowney products on their website.

To find out more about the art supplies I use click here.

I hope you enjoyed this review!

Melissa

 

The beauty of Watercolor

 

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One of the questions I often get asked is why I chose watercolor as my preferred medium. The obvious reason is that I like watercolor natural translucent quality, which is perfect for creating ethereal illustrations.

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Another characteristic of this medium is that with watercolor is not really possible to plan out how the painting will turn out and that’s the beauty of this technique. When color dries out it actually looks lighter than when it’s wet and the way colors beautifully blend together is always a pleasant surprise.

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I find painting with watercolor extremely liberating as with time it taught me to enjoy the process rather than worry about the final result.