f you’re here, you must either be a watercolour student or an enthusiastic artist and learner.
Here are all the results of the wet on wet test on the different papers that I did on this video
I purposely choose paper from inexpensive paper to medium grade watercolour paper that is very affordable.
Here’s the materials I use:
PAPER FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
POP ARTZ, Minimalism Non-Watercolour sketchbook A5 (from Popular stationery) SGD$3.20
Cartridge Exercise Book Non- Watercolour sketchbook A5 (black soft cover, also from Popular stationery) SGD$1.95
Watercolour paper by ClaireFontaine Etival 300 gsm/140lbs
Signature Non-watercolour sketchbook by Mont Marte 150 gsm (https://www.montmarte.net/product/view/signature-sketching-journal-croc-finish-150gsm-a5-landscape-100-page
Non-watercolour ring bound sketchbook A5 (from Popular) with a plastic cover. SGD$1.25
Watercolour paper, 300 GSM from OVJ (Overjoyed.xyz. own brand) about A5 size but a bit smaller $12 for 100 pcs.
Daniel Smith paints:
Fired Gold Orche
Raw Umber Violet
PWC Extra fine artist watercolour - Naples Yellow
Sakura Mat Water Colours - Prussian Blue (not Indigo as I said in the video)
Brush: Silver Black Velvet round size 8
If you examine these 6 paper closely. You can easily see that the Mont-marte sketchbook, (2nd row far left) is the worse for watercolour. It is not meant for wet medium, while it could be worse, it doesn’t retain water long enough to spread paint beautiful, and the colours on the surface is the least vibrant when it dries. Especially the yellow swirl on the dark background.
In terms of spreadability and water travel. The one that travels the most aggressively is the Etival watercolour paper, the purple slashes is shown least distinct there and is blurry. And the soft cover sketchbook shows the purple slashes eventually not spreading at all, because the water has evaporated fastest compared to the other papers.
And we can not quite conclude anything distinctively but it is easy to see where you’d put your preferences towards if you like some of the effects. Depending on what you’re painting, some fast spreading is very good, and sometimes you dont want that if you’re painting something more detailed and small and you want the definitions to be sharp.
In terms of vibrancy, the two watercolour paper differ a lot, the OVJ paper seems to keep the vibrancy more. And the “sketch” one too. While the rest are much more muted.
What are your thoughts about it?
Will you be doing your own tests on your supplies?
See you next time.