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Artist Sherie Tengbergen gives tips on the type of paper you can use for watercolor painting.
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How to Use Watercolor Paper
On behalf of Tvlessson.com, I'm Sherie Tengbergen. In this segment, I'm going to show you how to properly use watercolor paper. That’s a real problem for a lot of people so I want to make sure you know a little bit about what you choose and what you do with what you choose when you bring it home.
Watercolor paper can be very, very expensive and I like to use Arches, 140-pound cold press paper for my work because it has a tooth to the paper, it has a lot of texture and it holds the watercolor paper and the paint very well. And also, what I like about it is if I want to use sand paper or some of my other textural techniques, it holds up very, very well.
Now, when you buy a piece of watercolor paper, it comes in a full sheet. This is a half sheet and this is what they call a quarter sheet. And, you’ll notice that there is a nice deco edge all the way around the paper and some people like that because when they do a painting, sometime, they don’t want to frame it. They just want to do what we call “float it” on top of another piece of paper and that makes for such a nice picture.
But, how do you get that edge. Well, first of all, you’ve got to find out which side of the paper is a right side of the paper. And if you look, this is going to be kind of hard to see with the camera but if you’ll feel here and if you look, it says arches if you hold it up to the light.
And, that’s the side of the paper that is really going to be the one you use. So, I’d like to take my paper folded in half like this, one way and then the other way. And then, I’d use a ruler and I lay it on the line and I rip real carefully and that’s how I keep a deco edge on my work and make it different sizes.
On behalf of Tvlesson.com, this is Sherie Tengbergen and thanks for watching.