Cheap Joe's Art Stuff offers a wide selection of Student Watercolor Papers from your favorite brands, such as Canson Montval, Fabriano Studio, and Winsor & Newton Cotman.
Student Watercolor Papers have a similar texture and feel to artist watercolor papers, but they are typically not acid-free, nor archival. Student Grade Watercolor Papers are ideal for practice work and classroom environments.
Watercolor Papers vary by finish and by weight. The finishes of watercolor papers are typically labeled Rough, Cold Press, Soft Press and Hot Press. Most artists prefer a Rough or Cold Press finish for transparent watercolor applications. Where as, a smoother finish, such as Hot Press, is more desirable for printmaking and drawing applications. The most common weights for watercolor papers are 140 lb. and 300 lb. 140 lb. Watercolor Papers typically require stretching before you paint, otherwise warping or buckling will occur during the drying process. However, 300 lb. Watercolor Papers are heavy enough to resist warping or buckling of the cotton fiber and do not require stretching prior to painting.