Wow! I tried Strathmore Aquarius II watercolor paper for just painting on! I like it a lot! It responds like a mix between hotpress and coldpress. It allows for more wet and wet applications like coldpress. Like hotpress, the pigment sinks into it rapidly and stays with little lifting qualities. The surface feels softer, to the touch, than hotpress paper does. It is only 90 lbs worth of paper but I am finding that it does allow for layering. I had used this paper, exclusively, for my supports for gessoed watercolors because the paper did not buckle when the gesso was applied to it. If you read up about this paper, you find it is made up of synthetic and natural cotton fiber. I guess the synthetic part is why it does not buckle so much when the gesso is applied. I did, however, get some waviness to the paper but not the buckling that I experience with other papers.
Those of you who have noticed that I am not visiting as often. It is NOT because I don’t want to. I will get there! My slow down is temporary but am involved with a lengthy obligation that takes me away from my normal schedule. Thank you for your patience and your continued support, here, on this art blog. I love to draw and paint so I will be back to my previous blogging when I can.