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Recipe for a Wholesome New Year by Leochi Recipe for a Wholesome New Year :iconleochi:Leochi 11 11 Easy Keto Bread by Leochi Easy Keto Bread :iconleochi:Leochi 5 6 HappyNewYear2018 by Leochi HappyNewYear2018 :iconleochi:Leochi 12 23 Christmas Boy by Leochi Christmas Boy :iconleochi:Leochi 7 12 Christmas Girl 17 by Leochi Christmas Girl 17 :iconleochi:Leochi 16 17 Christmas Elf by Leochi Christmas Elf :iconleochi:Leochi 15 10 Inktober 13 by Leochi Inktober 13 :iconleochi:Leochi 9 12 Inktober 12 by Leochi Inktober 12 :iconleochi:Leochi 12 11 Inktober 11 by Leochi Inktober 11 :iconleochi:Leochi 11 10 Inktober 10 by Leochi Inktober 10 :iconleochi:Leochi 14 4 Inktober 9 by Leochi Inktober 9 :iconleochi:Leochi 14 9 Inktober 8 by Leochi Inktober 8 :iconleochi:Leochi 16 10 Special Editions Watercolour Boxes by Leochi Special Editions Watercolour Boxes :iconleochi:Leochi 5 9 Inktober 7 by Leochi Inktober 7 :iconleochi:Leochi 7 4 Inktober 6 by Leochi Inktober 6 :iconleochi:Leochi 5 6 Inktober 5 by Leochi Inktober 5 :iconleochi:Leochi 6 6
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Fox by Vladimir-Z Fox :iconvladimir-z:Vladimir-Z 69 15 How to draw THE HORIZON tutorial by STUDIOBLINKTWICE How to draw THE HORIZON tutorial :iconstudioblinktwice:STUDIOBLINKTWICE 357 9 profile by derekjones profile :iconderekjones:derekjones 32 3 How to draw IN 3D tutorial by STUDIOBLINKTWICE How to draw IN 3D tutorial :iconstudioblinktwice:STUDIOBLINKTWICE 367 6 The silver thread #1 by pepperin The silver thread #1 :iconpepperin:pepperin 350 13 How to draw HANDS part TWO #SkillUpSunday! by STUDIOBLINKTWICE How to draw HANDS part TWO #SkillUpSunday! :iconstudioblinktwice:STUDIOBLINKTWICE 391 17 Rebecca 5 by CathleenTarawhiti Rebecca 5 :iconcathleentarawhiti:CathleenTarawhiti 10 2 Aleida pink dress 5 jpeg and psd by CathleenTarawhiti Aleida pink dress 5 jpeg and psd :iconcathleentarawhiti:CathleenTarawhiti 216 47 Calendar 2018 - January by EpHyGeNiA Calendar 2018 - January :iconephygenia:EpHyGeNiA 57 3 Picasso by Sagittor Picasso :iconsagittor:Sagittor 232 36 Paeonia by White-Anemone Paeonia :iconwhite-anemone:White-Anemone 89 4 The Troll Tapestry by s-u-w-i The Troll Tapestry :icons-u-w-i:s-u-w-i 180 9 Lormet-animal-0540W-sml3 by Lormet-Images Lormet-animal-0540W-sml3 :iconlormet-images:Lormet-Images 114 15 Peaches and cream  by Sarahsdaughter Peaches and cream :iconsarahsdaughter:Sarahsdaughter 13 3 EVERY SINGLE TUTORIAL! by STUDIOBLINKTWICE EVERY SINGLE TUTORIAL! :iconstudioblinktwice:STUDIOBLINKTWICE 208 19 Medieval Castle - Larroque-Toirac 2018 by HermitCrabStock Medieval Castle - Larroque-Toirac 2018 :iconhermitcrabstock:HermitCrabStock 58 2



Watercolour paper review
Watercolour Paper Comparison by Leochi


Tested brands in alphabetical order:


Arches 300gsm NOT 100% cotton

Canson Fontenay 300gsm NOT 100% cotton

Canson Montval 300gsm NOT 100” acid free cellulose

Centenaire 300gsm NOT and rough 100% cotton

Daler-Rowney Aquafine 300gsm NOT 100% acid free cellulose

Fabriano 300gsm hot press 100% cotton

Lanaquarelle 300gsm hot press 100% cotton

Saunders Waterford 300gsm NOT 100% cotton

Hahnemühle ,12 different papers,will be listed and reviewed separately

Hahnemuehle Watercolour Paper Review by Leochi


My watercolour paper collection has been steadily growing throughout the years. Some of them are used on a daily basis and others haven’t been touched yet. Therefore I’ve decided it’s time to give them a closer look and to discover more about their properties and whatever special features some of them might surprise us with.


The best kind of watercolour paper is made of 100% cotton rag. To prevent bleeding the paper needs some sizing. This means gelatine is added to the paper pulp and to the surface of the sheet.  Studio range papers are usually made from high quality wood cellulose sometimes with the addition of varying percentages of cotton rag. Some papers are manufactured from bamboo, esparto grass or other natural fibres.


Some papers are mould-made and some are produced on a machine. The mould-made papers have irregular edges and are usually more expensive than machine-made papers.

The thickness of watercolor paper is indicated by its weight, measured either in grams per square metre (gsm) or pounds per ream (lb).

Watercolour paper is most commonly offered in following weights:






European papers are usually





The standard paper usually is a 140lb paper.  There are thinner and thicker papers, but they usually aren’t in stock at smaller retailers and might have to be purchased by special order.


Thinner paper will need stretching if you don’t want it to buckle.

140lb paper is the most economic choice because it’s thick enough not to buckle too much and still more affordable than thick watercolour board.


Watercolour papers can have three kinds of surfaces: hot press, cold press and rough.


Hot press paper is very smooth to the touch. It is mainly used for wet on dry techniques and allows very fine detail.

Cold press paper (also called NOT) has a fine tooth. Texture may vary from brand to brand. Cold press is a lovely all-purpose paper that allows larger washes and finer details. It’s therefore the most commonly offered paper. 


Rough paper comes in two varieties. Some rough papers have a very textured surface, others have a smoother but cloudy texture called “Torchon”. Rough watercolour paper takes water very well and allows for dynamic wet on wet techniques. It’s usually not very suitable for detailed work due to its coarse texture although Torchon may allow some rather charming results with finer brushes.


Most watercolour papers are off-white. Some like Arches and Fabriano satin are more yellowish, some others like Saunders Waterford appear more white. Some companies offer some “extra white” versions.

Watercolour paper is offered in blocks, pads, sheets and rolls. Rolls are the most economic option, glued pads are the most expensive. Sheets are my favourites because I can cut them to the size I want and they're nice and flat. Retailers often have a cutting machine in their shop, so one can cut large sheets there. Some online retailers even offer to cut largers sheets into smaller sizes:…



Links that might be useful for more detailed information:




Canson Fontenay…


Canson Montval…




Daler-Rowney Aquafine…







Saunders Waterford…


The following list might be useful to you:
Working with watercolours: Collections of links and hints
Working with watercoloursWorking with watercolours.
A collection of hopefully useful hints and links:
It seems preposterous to make a tutorial about working with watercolours and telling people what to do and not to do. I suppose that each artist is very unique in his/her approach to the matter. Some will work in thin, transparent layers, others will prefer the strong colours that come out of tubes. Some will never condescend to use black and others will use it all the time. There are purists who never would dare touch any white or use other media to reinforce their pics and give them more depth.
Well, my personal opinion is: try out what you like, study the works of classics like Constable, Dufy, Nolde, Schiele and many, many others and then do your own thing. ☺
A few little hints that may help you in the beginning:
Use the VERY BEST brush you can get. Sable brushes are wonderful to work with, you can achieve very thin lines and broad strokes just with one thick brush.
Vegans don't like to use animal pr

Collection of Advice about DrawingIf you want to start drawing seriously without attending an art school, you will need to at least get yourself some guidance in form of books.
Here's a collection of books I'd recommend in the beginning:
Betty Edwards: The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
Very interesting concept that enables you to perceive drawing from an unusual perspective and that gives you lots of ideas and exercises on how to hone your skillls.
Ron Tiner: Figure Drawing Without a Model
My absolute favourite! Such a witty and fantastic book. A must in every artist's book shelf. :D
Link to the downloadable version:
Barrington Barber: Complete Introduction to Drawing

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JocelyneR Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2018
Thank you kindly for the fave!  :iconflyingheartsplz:

Happy New Year!    Happy New Year by Dathud
cloe-patra Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2017   Photographer
thank you for the fave Aww
23.5 by cloe-patra 
happy holidays :) (Smile) Snowflake
GrimDreamArt Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for faving  Cathedral 2 by GrimDreamArt  Leochi!
hubert61 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017
merci pour les favs :) (Smile)
bohemian001 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the fav! Let me know if you use it as stock. I'm curious what you make of it
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