This is some awesome watercolor paper! I have worked on Arches ever since I started using watercolors but then Hahnemühle sent me a block of their Cézanne watercolor paper. The paper is hot pressed, 140lb/300gsm watercolor paper and I’m absolutely HOOKED. This is such a beautiful paper to work on. The paper is mould-made of 100% cotton rag. It is natural white, acid free, lightfast and extremely resistant to aging which means it has excellent archival qualities. The ten sheet block is glued all around the edges except for one corner, this allows the artist to paint on the paper and avoid it buckling. To detach a sheet you just slip a palette knife under the sheet and run it along the edge. I used an old gift card to do the same slicing movement as I couldn’t locate my palette knife, lol.
This Cézanne paper comes in several sizes and surfaces. Each surface, rough, cold pressed/matte and hot pressed comes in four sizes:
Paper Size Chart
|HOT PRESSED or COLD PRESSED or ROUGH|
|BLOCK||(sizes are approximate)|
|9″ x 12″|
|13″ x 16″|
|14″ x 19″|
|22″ x 30″|
For those of you new to watercolor, the difference between cold pressed, hot pressed and rough paper is the amount of texture. If you tend to love detail and pen work in your watercolor paintings you’ll love hot pressed paper like I do. It has a small amount of tooth to grab the pencil crayons and other media (watercolour, lavis, gouache, tempera & acrylic) enough to beautifully lay down color consistently. Cézanne watercolor paper allows my pens & watercolor to move flawlessly over the surface. This gives the artist more control.
On the other hand, there are some things that work better on cold pressed paper, like landscapes and granulating watercolor. For instance, my cartoon moose that I did for my aunt’s logo probably would have had more “life” with cold pressed paper. His coat would have had a little texture if I remembered to use cold pressed paper with some granulating colors. A paint that granulates, “drops” bits of color into the dips in the cold pressed paper. As pigment leaves the suspension in water, a textural look appears in the painting. It works beautifully in skies, trees, rocks etc. At the moment I don’t do landscapes but Hahnemühle just sent some cold pressed Cézanne paper for me to try. I’m looking forward to expanding my skills and exploring granulation. The timing is perfect as my friend Kate is sending me a bunch of Daniel Smith Primateks that are made from genuine stones like amethyst and Lapis Lazuli.
As I painted, I found the colors moved beautifully over the surface sized paper. I painted using Da Vinci watercolors (cherries, above center), daniel Smith (abstract Thank you card, above left), Winsor & Newton (moose, right) and Schmincke watercolors (roses in Ball jar, left). I then used my Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer watercolor pencils to create the unfinished Crayola drawing below. Each and every kind of media worked brilliantly on this paper. The pens glided over the surface and allowed for sharp edges and no feathering. Seriously, what can I say? I’m in love with this Cézanne watercolor paper.
I tend to try something in a painting then pick the color up and try something else. I found this worked wonderfully on this paper. Like any other paper, staining colors did leave a little color residue but I had no trouble rewetting an area and lifting the color our without damage to the surface. As I’ve told you before, I work very wet. I found that, although I had removed the paper from the block, there was no major buckling at all even though the cherries were excessively wet as I kept dropping color into each cherry.
Two words come to mind with Cézanne paper, consistent and reliable. I can work as wet as I want and I can be sure that my watercolors will flow seamlessly over the surface sized paper. This paper allowed my paints to shine and since I’m all about the brightness and clearness of color, I sure appreciate a paper that celebrates that. Hahnemühle’s Cézanne watercolor paper is a joy to paint on, I have a new favorite paper. It’s a good thing I had run out of my old favorite as I now don’t want to paint on anything else!
Happy Valentine’s Day To all my readers!
Learning: About Zebra Pens. It’s such fun trying new products!
Hoping: That I get my new hearing aids this week! I’m so sick of saying, Pardon me and What??
Anticipating: Choosing a WINNER for my huge Hahnemühle Valentine’s Day Giveaway. Only hours to go so ENTER NOW.
Planning: To read a book this week. I’ve been working too hard and need a day off! I see coffee and chocolate in my future.
Loving: My friends, you know who you are and you enhance my life in inordinately wonderful ways with your generosity of spirt and knowledge. Thank you for sharing your friendship with me.