Re: Arches/other watercolor papers
For at least a year now, Arches paper comes in what they call "Bright White". I
like the off white color of the paper, but it's tough to find mat board that will
not be brighter than the whites of your painting.
I've also used Fabriano Uno HP 140, which I find is more absorbent than Arches
and Winsor Newton HP, thus it takes longer to dry. This can be an advantage,
depending on how you work of course. I start my students with Fabriano Uno CP
140, which for a textured CP is really quite smooth for even drybrush techniques.
As they gain confidence, I'll move them toward HP. So much depends on the way you
work when choosing paper.
Dorothy Reinhardt wrote:
> Dear Sue,
> I have on occasion run into trouble with some printers complaining about the
> off-white color of the Arches paper. One of my publishers had a printer who
> could never get a decent color separation of my work, and they blamed it on
> the color of my paper. I don't have a problem with it when I scan the images
> myself, but I had some higher-end scans done a couple of weeks ago and I had
> to drop out the background color in Photoshop. It probably would be better
> for color reproduction purposes to use a whiter sheet, but I love the Arches.
> Dorothy Reinhardt
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> In a message dated 6/25/02 7:26:24 PM, [log in to unmask] writes:
> << Thanks so much, Mary Ellen, Dorothy, and Tania for your very helpful
> I have always used the sheets rather than the blocks and have been very happy
> with them. Not a pure white, but looking at Dr. Shirley Sherwood's book, A
> Passion for Plants, I notice that many of the pieces featured are on
> off-white paper. I bought a piece of Fabriano Uno 140 lb HP today to try it
> out for botanical watercolors. It is whiter than Arches, which may be an
> added benefit (?).
> By the way, I have been working on Fabriano Artistico (also off-white) for
> graphite drawing (tonal work) with an H lead. It is just beautiful for pencil
> work, and grabs the graphite easily and smoothly. Maybe I need to test it for
> watercolor too, since Anne Marie Evans' book indicates it is less absorbent
> than Arches.
> Thanks again for your feedback, very much appreciated,
> Sue A. >>