Watercolour paper Part: 1 Cold , Hot or Rough

           Chooseing watercolour paper for a work will depend on what you want it to do for you.

This post will be a small mini series of different components of picking paper. Lately I have been either A- useing a paper I have used before from a pack or B- picking paper by how it feels on my hand. After much debate it is time to go back to my roots in watercolour and have a mini refresher course on the dynamics behind these papers.

 Cold Press: Textured surface which is in between rough and hot-pressed papers. Most often used to benefit from the texture that shows up when painted on.

Hot Press: Fine grain, smooth surface with almost no tooth. Paint dries quickly. Ideal for large even colour washes. Great for detail and do not wish to use granulation.

Rough: a rough surface. It was pressed between the felts on the paper machine and the roughness of the felt (blanket) is embossed in to the wet surface.

            I have a collection of paper right not consisting of mostly Hot pressed paper. Majority of those are on a watercolour block. The block is very handy to have around as it is already “stretched” which I will try to address in another post. Alternatively since university I have been buying individual sheets. I generally cut them down to a more manageable size but I have used it on occasion to create larger works. A great example is “Sun Wukong” I did  in January for my brother who loves the story “Journey to the West”. 

Work work and more work


It has been a while since my first purchase of a 60’s Playboy which inspired me to create my series for Thesis. After work to day I slipped in to BMV (used book store) to see if they had any chinese classics, tea books etc that might inspire me. Instead I found this trio. Fair collections photography from classic Playboy. I am already looking forward to creating new works steming from this imagery.

I finnaly gave in and bought a small pack to take with me when I study. This weekend I am going to head off to Scarbarough Town Center to (yet again) practice drawing moveing subjects. As well I will be heading to the AGO to make use of the 25 and under free admission that lasts till April 3rd.

Plans are in progress for a proper website/portfolio. This will aid me in applying to Grad School in the near future. Things are a bit mess at my desk but in my studio journal everything is comming together.

This is a current work that seems like it is done, it will stay on my easel for a few days more till I fully deem it “finished”. Already I can see a few things that are off and will get fixed soon. Over all I like the peice, a little different from my other charcoal works. I have utilized a sanguine drawing pencil to create a bit more tone in the work. It works well, It may just get adopted into my regular studies for works.
The night is still a bit young I think I shall enjoy yet another cup of tea while watching The Legend of the Condor Heroes (2008 Drama).