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