The most suitable paper for watercolor techniques is cardboards made of high percentage of cotton fiber; in other words, the higher percentage of cotton, the quality is higher and it lets you to apply watercolor techniques on it.
Watercolor papers are divided into two general groups:
– Texture and types of grading
Types of watercolor paper in terms of weight:
Watercolor papers have different weights.
The weight of watercolor papers are between 190 and 800 g per square meter. The lower the grammage, the paper is thinner and the higher the grammage the paper is thicker.
The choice of paper type depends entirely on the technique you want to perform.
Thick papers retains moisture longer and allows the artist to work more on the paper.
Types of watercolor paper in terms of texture:
This division is related to the texture and the surface of the paper and divided in three groups:
– Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper:
This type of paper has a smooth and soft texture with uniform surface.
This paper is mostly used for real and hyperreal styles.
– Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper:
This has a little more texture than hot pressed paper and is not as smooth and polished as hot pressed paper.
In other words, cold pressed paper is a texture between rough and hot pressed papers.
– Rough Surface Watercolor Paper:
The surface of this paper is rougher than the previous two groups. This paper is mostly used to show rough surfaces.