A Review of Cheap Watercolor Papers

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Cotton paper is the gold standard for watercolor painting, but when you just want some cheap paper to practice with... what should you use? I put five different papers through a 5-part test to see which ones were the best!


Here’s what we tested:


- Arteza Expert

- Arteza Premium

- Strathmore 300 Series Watercolor

- Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media

- Canson XL


Watch the video below to see which brand won which category:



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