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  • 1. The Qualities Of Good Paper For Water Color Artists
  • 2. The most challenging task for most water color artists is to choose the best paper for their work. This situation has been aggravated by the fact that there are too many types of papers in the market which tend to confuse them. For instance several artists have wasted huge amounts of money in purchasing rolls of papers which turn out to be inappropriate for their job. Since most outlets do not offer options to return such papers, the artists end up disposing them thus losing their money. However, this can change for the better if you follow the points as explained below.
  • 3. The qualities of the paper you are bound to purchase form the greatest factor to be considered at before doing any purchase. Issues such as texture and weight should be thoroughly scrutinized before making the purchase. For texture, you should be fully aware of the various types available in the market. Three types, namely rough, hot and cold press texture papers are available for you. Understand the details of each type and where to apply them. As a description, hot press types are smooth and work well with different inks and color pencils. Cold press types on the other hand are designed for use by experienced artists. They can be a challenge to most beginners as the papers are very
  • 4. versatile.
  • 5. As for the weight issue, choose the paper which is light. Specifically, go for the 90lb weight paper. This type of paper is ideal for beginners. Once you age in this profession, you can graduate to using the 140lb or the 300lb types of papers. These types are best for a more detailed artistic works.
  • 6. The absorbent properties of the paper need to be keenly looked at. Chose the types which will not let the pigment absorb to the other side of the paper. You can do a small test before procuring for huge quantities. Just apply a few drops of pigment on the sample paper provided by the outlet and observe the results. Be sure that you leave the outlet with the right work for your drawing works.
  • 7. The cost of papers forms another important factor which should be on the fore before doing the purchase. Some outlets tend to overprice their stationery. These are the outlets you need to avoid. Do a spot check on the price range of different outlets. This will give you a hint on which outlet is cheaper.
  • 8. The format and size of paper for different artistic drawings needs to be factored in before the purchase. The size of the paper you need to purchase will depend on your requirements. If you need to do detailed work, then you can go for the minimum paper of 18 by 24 inches in size. These papers are available in sheets, pads or blocks.
  • 9. Clean drawings are always appealing to the eye. The secret to this is to purchase papers which are spotlessly clean. Make sure that the papers you are purchasing are all clean.
  • 10. It is of extreme consideration that you should not purchase a paper which has been manufactured from acidic ingredients. This kind of paper extensively reacts with different pigments and thus it is not good for use. Most water color artists have complained that such papers are difficult to work on. You need to scrutinize the labels in the packaging material of papers to ensure that they are acid free. If you are not sure, you are free to ask the attendants of the outlet. They will help in choosing the right acid free paper.
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