All papers are not created equal
Most of my painting has been done on cold pressed watercolour paper. I always use 140lb but have tried a number of different papers. I find the water retaining properties of NOT paper makes it very easy to use. When I have used smooth paper I’ve battled to get the effects I wanted. As a result I’ve not painted on smooth paper for some time.
Today I started a large painting I’ve been wanting to do for a while. I decided to paint it twice – both at the same time, but on different papers. Bockingford NOT and Arches smooth.
Since the last time I painted on my Arches smooth paper, I’ve done a lot of work involving texture and loose painting. I was surprised to find that I’m much happier with the result on the smooth paper for this painting. I’m encouraged to work more on smooth paper now – I think the results are much more interesting.