The philosophy of paper

Paper is more important than brushes and paint.

Repeat after me: The paper is the most important part of watercolor. Say it again: The paper is the most important part of watercolor. Seriously, it is.

If you want to explore the magical possibilities watercolor, to experience the luminous quality of the paint, the delicate translucent layers and gradient washes, you need to use a higher-quality paper.

But don’t let a lack of high-quality paper stop you from painting. You can paint on notebook paper, copy paper, your junk mail, or on your grocery store receipt. Edvard Munch painted The Scream on a piece of cardboard.

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