Art-n-Fly 100% Cotton Watercolor Paper Cylinder Mold 15 Sheets 140lb/300gsm Professional Grade

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Art-n-Fly 100% Cotton Watercolor Paper Cylinder Mold 15 Sheets 140lb/300gsm Professional Grade
PROS
  • 20 REVIEWS WATERCOLOR PAPER
  • 13 REVIEWS GOOD QUALITY
  • 3 REVIEWS GLUED ON ALL SIDES
  • 10 REVIEWS WET ON WET
  • 17 REVIEWS QUALITY PAPER
  • 8 REVIEWS WORKS WELL
  • 16 REVIEWS COTTON PAPER
  • 9 REVIEWS QUALITY COTTON
  • 10 REVIEWS NICE PAPER
  • 13 REVIEWS WATERCOLOR PAINTING
  • 5 REVIEWS COTTON WATERCOLOR
  • 19 REVIEWS PAPER IS GOOD
  • 20 REVIEWS PAPER IS A GREAT
  • 23 REVIEWS PAINT
  • 6 REVIEWS WASHES
  • 6 REVIEWS ARCHES
  • 6 REVIEWS BLENDING
  • 6 REVIEWS DRY
  • 7 REVIEWS SHEETS
  • 8 REVIEWS THICK
Art-n-Fly 100% Cotton Watercolor Paper Cylinder Mold 15 Sheets 140lb/300gsm Professional Grade
Art-n-Fly 100% Cotton Watercolor Paper Cylinder Mold 15 Sheets 140lb/300gsm Professional Grade

Description

100% Cotton: our highest-grade watercolor paper is professional quality, highly absorbent, and will not dissolve

Top Positive Review


I am an intermediate painter of gouache and watercolor and I am enjoying this reasonably priced paper. It rewets and lifts well. I would buy it again.

Top Critical Review


I really wanted to like this paper. Unfortunately that’s not going to happen, at least not for painting with watercolor. It seems that the sizing is on the surface of the paper, so even though it is 100% rag paper the paint is floating on the sizing rather than being in contact with the paper. This means that washes slip and slide instead of settle in to the paper. Other wet in wet techniques don’t work well on this paper either, and when the painting does dry it looks dull. Putting down a second layer routinely lifts the first layer of paint rather than allowing the second layer to, well, layer and produces undesirable results. I’ve done side by side comparison with Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper and the difference is very noticeable. In the photo, the painting on the left is the Art-n-Fly paper, the right is Arches – both done with Mijello Mission Gold paint and using the same techniques. These are both first washes.

I understand that for those just starting out, as well as those who are hobbyists, the price of paper can add up quickly. Unfortunately, if you are trying to learn or improve your painting on inferior paper you can get very frustrated because your results are not what you had hoped for. It happened to me. When I finally decided to use only rag paper (I’ve been using Arches) I couldn’t believe the difference. Now with this paper I find that frustration coming back, but now I know it’s the paper and not me.

I will keep this paper and use it for other applications (colored pencil or pastels), but not for watercolor.

Customer Questions & Answers


I just received my paper and it is sealed closed, I cannot separate the pages.. Is that on purpose?
Answer: Yes it is on purpose. It is meant to be use like that, that will prevent the paper to have undulations while you paint. After you finish painting and it??s dry you can use a blade and separate the paper from the block.

Is this paper made on a cylinder mold or machine mold?
Answer:

Hi Christine,

It’s a cylinder mold.
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How well does this paper work with tape?
Answer: If you’re asking about the self-framing effect with masking or washi tape, it’s fine but of course you need to use techniques to keep it from sticking to much. This paper handles as well as any higher end watercolor paper.

Where is this paper made?
Answer: It doesn’t say on the pad I looked online and I can’t seem to find an address anywhere either. But this is lovely paper

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