Watercolor Paper Test, Part 1: HOT PRESSED (HP) PAPER
January 28, 2017
I'm kind of control/system freak. I love to have my stuff classified, and when I got the watercolor paper test pack from the Ken Bromley site, where I usually order art supplies, I saw a great opportunity to put the things in order, compare and to choose at last the watercolor paper that will fit my style best.
HP, NOT and Rough types of paper of Arches, Bockingford, Saunders Waterford, Fabriano, Hahnemuhle and Canson companies were tested. For this test, I used Winsor&Newton Artist Indigo Watercolor paint, and Rosemary&Co Pure squirrel brush #10. So here are the results. Let's begin with Hot Press (HP) types of paper.
There are 6 kinds of HP paper I tested:
As you see, the Fabriano 5 (50% cotton) is the brightest paper, and Saunders Waterford one has the most yellowish natural shades. Arches has the most beautiful paint flow and keeps the colors bright and vivid. Bockigford that uses natural woolen felts (it's not a cotton paper), preserves the luster and transparency of the colors after drying. Fabriano Artistico absorbed the paints most of all the others, making the paints look less saturated (that is actually great for multi-layering work).
My personal choice is Arches HP for its natural bright paper color, beautiful wet-on-wet flow and great paint shades.