Handmade paper for watercolor painting can be fun to try out if you’re in the experimental stage of learning the craft and want to see how well different papers work, or you just want to support a homegrown artisan that happens to produce great quality paper the non-machine way.
I have discovered some good finds that are made organically and have the right thickness and absorbency that you need to support your work.
When I last talked about choosing your watercoloring materials, I mention the importance of finding paper with three main qualities: a slight tooth, a gsm of about 200, archival quality and acid free.
These five different sets below I chose based on having the above characteristics, in addition to certain versatility with not just watercolors, but inks too.
The papers below were handmade in China and India. two countries that have a long history and tradition of making paper since antiquity. You may notice that my choices below have a rougher edge than some commercial watercolor pads.
You can employ washes, wet on wet and practicing with ink with confidence. One of these plus a new set of brushes – makes a great gift for a certain aspiring watercolorist you know.