Looking for a better quality watercolor paper? I recommend this artist grade watercolor paper pad from Arches. I always prefer the way my paints look on cold press. But you can get these in hot press or rough press too.
You will notice a HUGE difference using watercolor on 100% cotton vs the Student grade paper mixed with wood pulp.
Let your imagination take flight as you paint on the Arches Aquarelle watercolor pad. Use this cold press paper to create beautiful artwork with watercolors, gouache, and inks. Each sheet is painstakingly crafted from 100% cotton fibers, so it doesn’t bleed or warp. To make these natural white, acid-free papers stable, they are designed on a classic cylinder mold. With natural gelatin used to size it, these one-pound sheets won’t tear when scratched. Your paints will retain their beautiful sheen on this Arches watercolor pad. 12 sheets 9 in x 12 in contains alkaline reserve without optical brightening agents (adheres to ISO 9706)fungicidal treatment to prevent mold buildup .