January 19, 2007

Hot Press, Cold Press?

A few weeks ago I received yet another gift in the mail from a blog reader. There are amazing folks out there!!! Linda Carson sent me some "hot press" watercolor paper to try out and compare to "cold press". In this case, it is Arches, 90 lb. Natural White. I used this paper on this card - both for the main image and the saying. I love to watercolor -- and am in the process of teaching myself. It doesn't come naturally to me, but I absolutely love it as I find it so relaxing. I have always used "cold press" 140 lb. watercolor paper, so switching to hot press was fun and educational. So what's the difference? The cold press I've used is much heavier and has a bumpy texture -- not so bumpy as to make stamping impossible, but you can feel the texture. This hot press paper is quite smooth. The hot press is definitely preferable for stamping words, especially the small ones used in this card and for stamping in general. Of course, it is possible to buy heavier weight hot press and lighter weight cold press, but generally, the hot press is smoother, and will buckle more easily than a rougher sheet of cold press watercolor paper. The main image on this card buckled quite a bit, but was very easy to smooth down -- I just used some double sided tape to place it on the red cardstock layer and it behaved quite nicely! It is hard to explain, but the 2 papers "take" the watercolors differently. I used dye reinkers for this card -- I've found this the best way to get an intense color, and I definitely wanted bright, intense colors for this card. I squeeze one drop of reinker onto the inside lid of the same color ink pad and use an aquapainter to pick up the color. The reinker will stay on the inside lid of the ink pad and will be usable for ages! Watercolor paper has a finish that allows the color to float on it until it dries, making blending and removing colors so much easier than on any other type of paper I've tried. The hot press paper absorbed the ink more quickly, making removing ink with a paper towel or sponge more difficult. (Removing color that has just been painted on watercolor paper is a quick way of lightening a section of an image -- just dab a paper towel before the paint or other medium has had a chance to set and voila, you have totally clean watercolor paper.) This technique works -- for me -- better on cold press. However, I've seen a watercolorist use this technique on hot press, so I think it is a question of just getting used to the different paper, and having talent! Thank you Linda! Supplies used on this card: Stamps: "And Everything Nice" and "Dotted Background" by SU; Cuttlebug Slider Die Cut; SU YoYo Yellow, Ballet Blue, and Real Red reinkers; SU Chocolate Brown, Blush, Black and Orange Markers; Memories Black ink and Versamark (on the Dotted Background); SU Real Red brads, Aquapainter, Arches 90 lb. hot press watercolor paper in Natural White, SU YoYo Yellow, Real Red and Bashful Blue cardstock; dotted ribbon (source unknown).

10 comments:

  1. I love your blog site!!! You do beautiful cards and provide very useful information. Thanks for taking the time to share with us.

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  2. Thank you for doing this on your blog Joan. I have been struggling to lean how to watercolor for quite some time. I find myself putting away my watercolor crayons away because I get so frustrated with how my colors look. I have never tried using the reinkers but after seeing your card I certainly will be trying them next! Your card is absolutely beautiful. I love how vibrant the colors look. Your information has been very helpful. Thanks again.

    Mary

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  3. How interesting. I think a lot of us are just learning about watercolor thanks to SCS, so please keep educating us! Your blog is wonderful. Every card is so different from the next. Thank you.
    Shelley

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  4. Wonderful blog site with wonderful works!! :D
    thank you for sharing!

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  5. thanks for the info on the different papers. VERY informative- and I love the results on your card! Adelle

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  6. Thanks so much for the info on watercoloring. I too am just starting to learn - and it's definitely an uphill battle! Love your blog and the card looks great!

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  7. what a great card joan! I love to watercolor to, but don't do it near often enough. Thanks for the nice comment on my blog! :)

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  8. now this was enlightening! thanks for the lesson. I will have to see what I have... watercoloring is fun but have not tried it with reinkers...

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  9. This is a fabulous card, Joan! I haven't practiced much since out watercolor "lesson", but this card inspires me to get that paper out!

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  10. Joan, you make me want this stamp set!! I LOVE your card - sometimes we just need something with BOLD colors, and the pic and the sentiment are perfect to send friends!!

    Hugs,
    Susan

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