Wow! I tried Strathmore Aquarius II watercolor paper for just painting on! I like it a lot! It responds like a mix between hotpress and coldpress. It allows for more wet and wet applications like coldpress. Like hotpress, the pigment sinks into it rapidly and stays with little lifting qualities. The surface feels softer, to the touch, than hotpress paper does.
Leslie White of Leslie Paints creates some of the most stunning animal paintings and posts them along with the art work of her students. Enjoy ... and link to the full post by clicking on the subject line. Leslie's work is copyrighted. Please be respectful. Have a great weekend everyone. Love, Gypsy!