Best Watercolor Paper
Between its portability and beauty, it's no wonder that watercolor is one of the most beloved mediums for artists. And while choosing the right set of paints and brushes is important for watercolors, finding suitable paper is just as vital to the creative process.
Do you need help finding the best watercolor paper for your artwork? There are a couple of things you'll want to consider before you make your choice. For instance, deciding which format you want the paper in will have an effect on your experience. Loose-leaf paper is a convenient choice for experimenting techniques, as you can buy sheets one at a time and cut them down smaller.
However, purchasing blocks may be better if you're inclined to travel, as the packaging protects the paper from bending or tearing. Similarly, pads of paper are a popular choice to have in the studio as it is easy to remove the paper when needed.
Arches paper is a favorite among watercolorists, calligraphers, and other artists. They are made in France with 100% cotton fiber and make the perfect canvas for vibrant and long-lasting paintings. All of their paper is acid-free, pH-neutral, gelatin-sized, and air-dried.
If you're a student or an artist looking for a value watercolor pad, then Canson's XL Watercolor Pads are some of the best. It features 30 sheets of 140 lb (300 gsm) student-quality paper that is an ideal surface for watercolor and mixed-media work.
Another great value pad for beginning watercolorists and students is the Bienfang pad. At an economical price, it provides 15 sheets of 90 lb (243 gsm) paper that are perfect for refining techniques and creating practice paintings.
Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor Blocks includes 20 archival-quality sheets of 140 lb (300 gsm) paper that have an ideal surface for displaying the natural transparency of watercolor. This paper is available in cold press, hot press, and rough finishes.
The name Sennelier is synonymous with high quality, and their watercolor blocks are no different. Made of 100% cotton, this paper is acid-free and 140 lb (300 gsm). It is available in a variety of unique sizes that are perfect for landscapes and portraits alike.
If you want paper that's a shape other than a square or rectangle then Yupo‘s round pad is an ideal choice. Each pack contains 10 sheets of 74 lb (200 gsm) paper that are all waterproof, non-absorbent, and extremely durable with a smooth surface.
Another staple brand in the watercolor world is Grumbacher. Their pad of paper includes 12 sheets of 140 lb (300 gsm) cold press watercolor paper that is perfect for wet and dry lifting techniques. It includes a cover that can easily fold out of the way as you work.
Fabriano is an established brand known for its high-quality art supplies. Their watercolor paper is machine-made in Italy from 25% cotton and 75% alpha cellulose. This combination creates a surface that feels like 100% cotton rag at a much lower price.
Instead of buying a pad or block of paper, you can also purchase a large sheet of paper and cut it down to your needs. Blick Student Watercolor Paper is economically priced for students and beginner painters. It is 90 lb (243 gsm), making it ideal for practice work.
Have you ever heard of black watercolor paper? That's because Legion Stonehenge Aqua Black Paper is the first of its kind. One pad includes 15 sheets of 140 lb (300 gsm) black watercolor paper that is pH-neutral, acid-free, lignin-free, and chlorine-free.
Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.
A museum says they gave an artist $84,000 in cash to use in artwork. He delivered blank canvases and titled them "Take the Money and Run."
BY CAITLIN O'KANE
A Danish artist was given $84,000 by a museum to use in a work of art. When he delivered the piece he was supposed to make, it was not as promised. Instead, the artist, Jens Haaning, gave the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg, Denmark two blank canvases and said they were titled "Take the Money and Run."
Haaning was asked to recreate two of his previous works: 2010's "An Average Danish Annual Income" and "An Average Austrian Annual Income," first exhibited in 2007. Both used actual cash to show the average incomes of the two countries, according to a news release from the artist.
In addition to compensation for the work, Haaning was also give bank notes to use in the work, museum director Lasse Andersson told CBS News via email. Their contract even stated the museum would give Haaning an additional 6,000 euros to update the work, if needed, Andersson said. At the time the works were initially exhibited, the Danish piece highlighted the average income of 328,000 kroner, approximately $37,800, while the average Austrian salary illustrated was around €25,000, or $29,000.
For the "Work it Out" exhibit at the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Haaning was meant to fill frames with money. But they were empty.
"We also have a contract that the money $84,000 US dollars to be displayed in the work is not Jens' and that it must be paid back when the exhibition closes on 16 January 2022," Andersson said.
"The exhibition is called 'Work it Out' and features works of art by many different contemporary artists," he said, adding that the exhibition It runs from September 24 to January 16, 2022.
Andersson said when they spoke to the artist about making the piece earlier this year, he agreed to the contract and "he indicated a fairly easy job."
But when it came time for Haaning to actually deliver, he did the unexpected.
"The curator received an email in which Jens Haaning wrote that he had made a new piece of art work and changed the work title into 'Take the Money and Run,'" Andersson said. "Subsequently, we could ascertain that the money had not been put into the work."
Indeed, the frames meant to be filled with cash were empty.
"The staff was very surprised when they opened the crates. I was abroad when the crates were opened, but suddenly received a lot of mails," Andersson said.
When he finally saw "Take the Money and Run," Andersson said he actually laughed. "Jens is known for his conceptual and activistic art with a humoristic touch. And he gave us that – but also a bit of a wake up call as everyone know wonders were did the money go," he said.
According to Haaning's press release, "the idea behind was to show how salaries can be used to measure the value of work and to show national differences within the European Union. But by changing the title of the work to "Take the Money and Run" Haaning "questions artists' rights and their working conditions in order to establish more equitable norms within the art industry."
"Everyone would like to have more money and, in our society, work industries are valued differently," Haaning said in a statement. "The artwork is essentially about the working conditions of artists. It is a statement saying that we also have the responsibility of questioning the structures that we are part of. And if these structures are completely unreasonable, we must break with them. It can be your marriage, your work - it can be any type of societal structure".
Andersson said while it wasn't what they had agreed on in the contract, the museum got new and interesting art. "When it comes to the amount of $84,000, he hasn't broke any contract yet as the initial contract says we will have the money back on January 16th 2022."
He said they are in contact with Haaning, who he called a "well-respected and well-known artist in Denmark." But they have yet to reach an agreement.