Strathmore 400 Series Watercolor Pad, Cold Press, 18"x24" Wire Bound, 12 Sheets
- Strong cold press surface that allows for even washes, color lifting, and reworking
- Perfect for finished artwork with watercolor and gouache
- 140 lb. / 300 gsm. acid free
- 18"x24" Wire Bound
- 12 Sheets per Pad
- Professional grade, ideal for mastering watercolor techniques
- Includes 12 sheets of paper
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The Strathmore 400 Series Watercolor Pad contains a heavyweight, cold press watercolor paper. This watercolor paper is popular with artists of all levels because of the fine and even washes that can be achieved. It also has a strong surface that will allow for lifting and scraping applications. The natural white color and traditional cold press surface of the Strathmore 400 Series Watercolor Pad make it an ideal sheet for mastering watercolor techniques or for finished artwork. Paper is our art form, and we celebrate artists. We have kept the tradition of creating beautiful, high-performing papers alive for over 125 years. Choice of paper is one of the most important decisions an artist makes in determining the outcome of their work. No matter your choice of medium, you can be confident Strathmore paper will enhance your artistic efforts.
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I have used Strathmore paper and Arches paper for many years and it has held up beautifully, however please know this is student grade and not pro grade like arches. I use it mainly for quick gift watercolors, testing out new ideas before putting it on pro paper like arches, testing out different effects and in my watercolor paint parties I hold twice a month with my girlfriends.
This is a great paper if you are just starting out in watercolors due to its price. I prefer the pads as you dont have to worry about taping it to a board. Getting your painting off the pad once you have painted it and it has dried is very simple using your pallet knife or even a butter knife. Make sure your painting is dry before removing it off the pad, this keeps the painting stretched and flat.
I'm not an expert artist, so the finer details of watercolor paper might escape me, but I've been pleased with it. As others have mentioned, the paper is not perforated, it is spiral bound so you have to cut the edges. That is the only downside.
Personally I think it holds up well with multiple layers of paint. I made a last minute decision to paint pictures to decorate a room for VBS. The problem was the only sheets we had left on that pad were those that my youngest daughter had drawn stick people all over . . . in marker. So we ended up with sort of a multi media painting using acrylics to cover the marker. It worked.
Also, it was shipped in a very sturdy box. You have to love Prime.