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Paper Love


When using watercolors, inks, sometimes gouache and even charcoal, my favorite support to work on is Arches 100% cotton, hot pressed watercolor paper in block format. Arches watercolor blocks come in three varieties: hot pressed, cold pressed and rough. I prefer the hot pressed, or “grain satin√©”, because it’s smooth enough for the precision illustrations I like to do yet “toothy” enough to show good texture, as you can see from the photo of two watercolor washes below.
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