My choice of watercolour paper – Part 2

I already have one quite big review of paper that I used. You can find it here.

But since I wrote it, I’ve used a few new types of paper and want to share my opinion.

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Fabriano Artistico Hot Press (300 gr/m2 or 140 lbs).
I like it as I like all Fabriano paper which I used. I wrote before about Hot Press Arches paper. I do think they are quite similar in their properties. I haven’t been using Arches for quite a while, so maybe my memory is not so fresh, but at the moment I can’t recollect any difference between the two, except price. Surface is same smooth, dries fast, leaves colours bright and vivid. It seems I forgot to take photo of clean paper, but on the painted one you can still see its texture.




Next comes Fabriano Artistico Cold Press (640 gr/m2 or 300 lbs).

This is my first experience with such a heavy paper. And… it’s wonderful. After you paint on this one, you don’t really want to paint on 300 gr/m2 🙂 But… it’s twice the price. It feels more like a carton, really thick. It seems like it can survive more brushstrokes on it than a 300 gr/m2. It’s a pleasure to paint on it. I noticed though that its surface is smoother than surface of Cold Press Fabriano 300gr/m2. It also seems to me, that two sides of 640 gr/m2 are a bit different, one is more like the 300gr/m2, other one is smoother. I like both, but this is something to know.


Left: 300 gr/m2 - Right - 640 gr/m2

Left: 300 gr/m2 – Right – 640 gr/m2

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And the last one that I’d like to talk about is Fabriano Artistico Rough (640 gr/m2 or 300 lbs). 

Well, it’s same as the previous one in terms of its characteristics, but with much rougher surface. And actually, surface is even rougher than that of 300 gr/m2. If I still have some doubts about Cold Press texture differences, I can see a clear difference here. Drying time of this paper is quite long, so if you like painting wet-in-wet it gives enough time for manouvering 🙂

Left: 600 gr/m2 - Right - 300 gr/m2

Left: 640 gr/m2 – Right – 300 gr/m2


Blue: 600 gr/m2 - Red and Green - 300 gr/m2

Blue: 640 gr/m2 – Red and Green – 300 gr/m2

Left: 640 gr/m2 - Right - 300 gr/m2

Left: 640 gr/m2 – Right – 300 gr/m2


Now, let’s take a look at these different papers together:


Up: 640 gr/m2 Rough – Down: 600 gr/m2 Cold Press


Up: 640 gr/m2 Rough – Down: 600 gr/m2 Cold Press


Up: 640 gr/m2 Rough – Down: 600 gr/m2 Cold Press


Left: 640 gr/m2 Cold Press – Right: 600 gr/m2 Rough

Blue: 300 gr/m2 Cold Press Clean: 600 gr/m2 Cold Press Pink: 300 gr/2 Hot Press

Blue: 300 gr/m2 Cold Press
Clean: 640 gr/m2 Cold Press
Pink: 300 gr/2 Hot Press

From left to right: 600 gr/m2 Rough 300 gr/m2 Rough 600 gr/m2 Cold Press 300 gr/m2 Hot press

From left to right:
640 gr/m2 Rough
300 gr/m2 Rough
640 gr/m2 Cold Press
300 gr/m2 Hot press

That’s it for now, hope this is helpful!



I’ve been going to write about this paint for a while. I don’t stick to one brand and expreiment with many brands and colours all the time. During one of my online shopping of art supplies I came across this colour and decided to give it a try. And I’m happy I did!


This colour is good on its own. I like to use it for monochrome painting. It can be applied in very light and dark shades.


This is a cold colour and gives a good feeling of space.


There is not much more i can say, but for those who like painting with one colour, this may be a good choice. Here are some more examples.

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Watercolour birds


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Painting with ink – Part 2

I’ve already written a post about using ink in watercolour painting, or instead of watercolours here. Since then I have bought a few new beautiful bottles and want to show them as well. (Click on images to enlarge them).

J.Herbin Vert Empire (green):


I almost never use green in my works, but I had to have one in case I need it or to mix it with another colour.

Here is how it looks on the paper:


J.Herbin Bouton D’or (yellow):


I haven’t used this one too much, I don’t even know why, considering recently I conquered my fear of yellow colour and enjoy it 🙂 But here it is together with J. Herbin Vert Empire:


J. Herbin Rouille D’Ancre:


I have diffculty describing this colour. It’s kind of pink. “Skin-like” pink. This is a very calm colour. I like using it, combining with other colours, like CARAN d’ACHE Sunset or CARAN d’ACHE Grand Canyon.


And finally, the most exciting one – CARAN d’ACHE Grand Canyon:


What can be so exciting about brown ink? Well, I noticed that it separates into different colours, either contacting with water or other ink. I think, it’s due to water. Using this ink, one may get some unexpected results, but they make me very happy. To demonstrate what I mean:


At the painting above I used only two colours: CARAN d’ACHE Sunset and CARAN d’ACHE Grand Canyon. If you look attentively, you will see blue, violet, yellow, green etc. I didn’t plan for them to appear in the painting, and especially I didn’t plan them to appear exactly in the places they’ve emerged, but they are so beautiful and definitely add something to this portrait! Most often “side-effect” is green colour as on the paintings below. In these works I used ink of different colours and watercolour paints.


Below you may also see yellow spots from J.Herbin Bouton D’or:

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In the paintings below I used CARAN d’ACHE Grand Canyon, J. Herbin Rouille D’Ancre and J.Herbin Orange Indien:




And a few more examples. CARAN d’ACHE Sunset and CARAN d’ACHE Grand Canyon must have become my favourite couple – I like using them together. when applied intensely, they give a very interesting velvety feeling.


Ink and salt

In the painting above I used salt. You may read more about using salt in watercolour painting here.



If you have any good ink on your mind that you could recommend, please, don’t hesitate to do so 🙂

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Watercolour painting: black and white mood


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Unplanned and spontaneous painting


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My choice of watercolour paper – Part 1


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