Arches Aquarelle Gummed Watercolour Pads are gummed down the short edge. The paper is mould-made, 100% cotton, and gelatine tub sized with a neutral pH.
Hot vs Cold Pressed Watercolour Paper
It’s very important when looking for the right watercolour paper for your intended use to make sure you buy the right one. Hot pressed (aka HP) has been pressed with heat into shape and therefore the textures have been flattened and made smooth, this is perfect for calligraphy, or a watercolour painting that requires a lot of detail and not much water, such as botanical paintings. Cold pressed (aka NOT – meaning not hot pressed) is made without heat and has a more texture and feels slightly rough, this is perfect for watercolour paintings that use more water and larger brushes, often use for landscape paintings or paintings with more abstract elements and less specific detail.
You can also buy rough paper which is very textured, has a prominent tooth and has even more fibres, this type paper is mainly used by artists looking for a great deal of texture and marks in their paintings.