Experimenting with a New Watercolor Paper

I recently painted a few small paintings on Lanaquarelle 140 lb. coldpress watercolor paper I had left after making my handmade watercolor journals. In case you missed that 4-part series, it begins here. This is the first time I have worked on this paper and I really like it.   

If you are not familiar with Lanaquarelle, it is a fine art mouldmade paper made in France. It is 100% cotton, pH neutral, acid free, chlorine free, and has four deckled edges. One of my favorite things about this paper is that it is not heavily sized so it is much softer. This characteristic makes it wonderful for wet-into-wet washes as it seems to stay wet longer, thereby giving you more time to work.

This is the first little painting I tried on this paper. I love the diffused colors I was able to get in the sky and background.

Sunny Winter Morning
© Annie Glacken

Next, I tried painting a small summer landscape. Because it stays wet longer, I was able to drop in many color variations.

Valley Farm
© Annie Glacken

This paper is great for landscapes, but I wondered how it would perform with the multiple layers of watercolor I use when painting a negative painting. I am delighted to say it held up just fine and was a very forgiving paper.

Sunlit Daisies
© Annie Glacken

I love this paper and can’t wait to try it on larger paintings. By the way, if you would like to see my painting steps for the above painting, “Sunlit Daisies”, I will be posting about it next week so be sure you are a subscriber to this blog so you won’t miss out!

Thanks and happy painting!

14 Replies to “Experimenting with a New Watercolor Paper”

    • Hi Laurence. I checked out the link you provided. That easel block looks quite nice. I looked on the web but I couldn’t find anything here that came with a built in easel. Is that what you use when painting with Lanaquarelle? Thanks for sending and for the comment,

      • I’m not used to paint on an easel, so I found some difficulties to change my habits, but I thought it was a good idea to give this choice to the painter. Of course you can choose to paint regularly instead of with the easel. I must give it some new try.

        • I don’t usually paint on an easel either but it is great for some techniques where you want to get a loose look using spray and drips. Also, it helps your neck because you are not alwsys looking down.

  1. How does it compare to other papers that you’ve tried? I don’t usually care for more absorbent/softer papers, but your daisies are lovely!

    • Hi Tonya, I haven’t yet had time to compare the Lanaquarelle side by side with Kilimanjaro or Arches which are my typical go-to papers. I have two deadlines looming before the end of the month. Maybe after those I will do some more experimenting. These small paintings were painted on left-over scraps I had from making my journals. I was pleasantly surprised at what I found so far. Thanks for the compliment on the daisies.

    • I have always used Kilimanjaro but have recently branchedout to Arches and now Lanaquarelle. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Yes, I’m interested in knowing the steps of your daisy painting. It’s so beautiful!!

  3. Annie you are amazing. I love the snow scene, and am anxious to see your procedure. I also went to the above link, but haven’t figured out translation yet? Cheap Joes…now that store I know. Thanks so much.

    • Yes, I couldn’t figure it out either. Cheap Joe’s is my go-to art supply store. Thanks for the compliment!