Arches Hot-Pressed Watercolor Paper


Watercolor paper is made by combining cotton fibers, gelatin and water that is then allowed to dry before being made uniformly flat by passing it through a press (Mayer). This type of mould-made watercolor paper is available in several finishes, ranging from smooth to rough, depending on pressing method used to finish the paper. Hot-pressed (HP) watercolor paper is finished by pressing the molded paper using heated cylinders causing the fibers to lay down in a smooth uniform fashion. Hot-pressed watercolor paper has a smooth texture and is best suited for the application of washes and paintings in which fine detail is important. Arches 140 lb. weight, hot-pressed watercolor paper was used for the samples.