Watercolor 101: How to Choose Watercolor Paper for Beginners

In this video, you’ll learn how to choose watercolor paper. We’re gonna cover the following questions:

1) Is it necessary to use watercolor paper? Is it OK to use print & copy paper, sketch paper, drawing paper or mixed media paper?

2) What weight or thickness is the best? 140lb / 300 gsm, 200lb / 425 gsm, or heavier?

3) How to prevent watercolor paper from curling? I’m gonna show you how to use masking tape and watercolor blocks.

4) Which is better: hot press, cold press or rough paper?

5) Should a beginner use more expensive or cheaper paper? Is 100% cotton paper better than non-cotton paper? What are some good watercolor paper brands?


  • Paper:

Print paper

Cardstock paper

Strathmore sketch pad

Strathmore drawing paper

ARTEZA Mixed-Media Pads

Strathmore 400 Series Watercolor Pad

Nujabi 200lb handmade watercolor paper

Canson 4x6 watercolor block 

Arches watercolor pad (hot press)

Arches watercolor pad (cold press)

Arches watercolor pad (rough)

Canson XL watercolor pad

Canson Montval watercolor pad

Fabriano Studio watercolor pad

Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper

ARTEZA Expert watercolor pad



A Free Guide for Beginners

Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay India Ink (Magenta)

Shinhan Professional Watercolor 30-color set | Colors used: Olive Green, Sap Green | Watch Review Video

Princeton Neptune round 8 brush

Silver Black Velvet round 8 brush 

  • Extras:

Masking tape

Plastic 24-well palette with lid

Glass dropper

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