Cold pressed watercolour paper has become my new love when it comes to painting! I’ve dabbled with it a little over the years, but now that I’m confident (well, mostly) with watercolours, I just adore it. And there are a few reasons for this.

Firstly, the paints blend together far better than on hot pressed paper and I’ve been able to achieve softer washes as well as lift paint easier than ever. Fine details are a little trickier, but definitely not impossible.

Secondly, the paper doesn’t buckle as much! I tape it down in the same way as all of my papers, but CP just loves to hold its shape – even after lots of washes. And there are few things more frustrating than trying to paint on a wobbly surface.

Watercolourists, y’all know what I’m talking about.

And finally, I simply adore the subtle texture that shows through in the final piece! I understand texture isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but personally I love seeing texture in paintings. Whether it’s from CP watercolour papers or canvas, it simply adds another level to an artwork.

I still have a decent supply of HP paper, so I’ll no doubt switch back to that if I need superfine details or perhaps it’ll be kept aside for coloured pencil or graphite work.

Cold pressed watercolour paper

This is how my sketches look just before they’re transferred to paper or canvas. Super neat, huh??

Cold pressed watercolour paper

Also, I promise I never leave my paint brushes sitting in the water dish! I literally swished it around in the water and grabbed my phone to get this photo. It was rescued from it’s watery waiting place within seconds!

Cold pressed watercolour paper

She actually has a bit of iridescent silver ink in her cat-like pupils. The image above doesn’t really show it, but it’s really pretty in person. Adding little finishing touches like this give artworks more depth and sometimes a bit of mystery, well at least in my opinion.

Have you ever tried cold pressed paper before? I encourage you to try it sometime, you might just fall in love with it too!


Hi, I’m Kat! An Australian fantasy illustrator and character artist.


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