This year I want to try new watercolor products and techniques. I usually always use Arches Cold Pressed 140lb watercolor paper and have decided to try other types of paper.
Today, I experimented with 300 lb Fabriano Hot Pressed paper. This paper has no texture whatsoever - it reminds me of certain matboards. The paint flows very well on this very smooth surface - perhaps too well for me! You can lift the paint fairly easily, but I found that any scubbing damaged the surface of the paper. Salt technique worked moderately well to create texture, although it takes a long time for the paint under the salt to dry. I really like the feel of that paper once painted. However, after painting on it for about 30 minutes, I had reached the conclusion that this paper did not suit me: it does not offer me enough control and the paint seems to float too much on the surface. However, to be fair to it, I should try it again - maybe for a floral watercolor. The sketch below of a Venetian balcony is the result of today's experiment. After this disappointment, I went out this afternoon and splurged on a sheet of Arches 300 lb cold press....I can't wait to try this new surface. Any comments or advice?