When I first started doing watercolor painting I used Arches watercolor paper.
Arches is the standard paper for watercolor with an excellent reputation. There are other good watercolor papers, also.
- Watercolor papers are available in Hot Press, Cold Press and Rough Press.
Cold Press is the most commonly used watercolor paper. It has a bit of texture to it that looks good and helps to pull the paint off of your brush onto the paper. The paint slides around on hot press paper.
- Watercolor paper comes in different weights.
The 140# paper is often used, but it must have its edges fastened down (stretched) before painting to keep it from waving and warping as you paint.
You may purchase it in blocks that have the edges fastened together to keep it from warping while you are painting. When the painting is dry you then remove the painting from the block.
The 300# paper is thicker and it will stay flat when you paint on it.
Watercolor paintings on paper must be matted and framed under glass.