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What weight of watercolour paper is best?

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The weight of watercolour paper you need depends largely on your painting technique, i.e. how much water you apply. However, a general guide to use is that 140lb or 300gsm or above does not need stretching. Of course if you do apply a lot of water whilst painting you will need to stretch the paper first, or use a heavier weight.

Unfortunately this is a much general guidance as is possible - you may find that trial and error is the only way to ensure you find the right weight of paper for your individual technique. 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 July 2009 14:08 )  


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