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All Shizen papers are handmade in India from 100% recycled materials using a pollution-free process.
Shizen Professional Watercolor Paper is an acid-free, 100% cotton, white watercolor paper that is both internally and externally sized. Choose from hot press or cold press surfaces.
The 5" × 7" size does not have deckle edges. The 9" × 12" and 12" × 18" sizes have a heavy deckle edge on all four sides.
140 lb (300 gsm).
Round Watercolor Paper
This 300 gsm (140 lb) cold press paper comes in a unique round shape. Internally sized and acid-free, it features a rough surface and a deckle edge. Packs contain 10 sheets.
5" × 7"
13 cm × 18 cm
9" × 12"
23 cm × 31 cm
12" × 18"
31 cm × 46 cm
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good for practice
from Ann Arbor
Comments about Shizen Professional Watercolor Paper:
The paper is not as thick as 300 weight, but it good for practice
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Great paper for beginners and pros
from Hanna City,Il
We use the lovely Daniel Smith watercolors and because I love them all, I need to remind myself what each color can do. So, I use the Shizen as big sample sheets. I just brush each color on it's own sheet and write the name etc., and comments on the back. It's a lot of work but well worth it. I also do small landscapes on it, using the mineral Prime Teks by Daniel Smith. Many artists stop by the studio on the weekends especially and I give a little demo. Really nice paper. Julie
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Not great for my needs
I usually use Arches 140lb paper, but wanted to try using handmade paper. In comparison, this paper has a more inconsistent surface and pigment will settle unevenly in a wash. The paper has inner texture and nice deckled edges. It can't handle as much water and the color is slightly less vibrant than on my usual paper. That being said, it is handmade paper and probably not correct to compare it to Arches. If you are looking for handmade paper and want to work with the inconsistencies it inspires, this paper would probably be good for you. For me, this paper is pricier than Arches and doesn't suit the way that I paint so I probably would not buy it again.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Very quirky paper
By Dan Kane
from Denver Colorado
This paper is very unpredictable. Watercolor is very unpredictable.Both together make for a fun adventure.
Just right .
from Oakland, CA
Perfect for paintings on the smaller side. Lots of fun too ...
Get the CP instead
By Watercolors or Else
from Portland OR
Not quite HP and is soft paper with grainy result with watercolor. Do not attempt to lift color even with a soft brush. The CP version of this paper is wonderful- extra rough and fun. I will attempt to use this for printmaking instead. Definitely not a fan for use with watercolor.
Merchant response: We're sorry that the hot press paper isn't working out for you. One of our Customer Care Representatives will be in touch to further assist you.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
I would buy this paper again
from Cedar Park, Texas
I bought the 5x7 cold press sheets to paint christmas cards. At first I was disappointed; the paper did not appear to be cold press. It's thicker and rougher than the cold press I was accustomed to. The color does not spread but tends to pool. However I love the vibrancy of the colors and I got used to not doing regular washes. I now love the results. You need know that I am not a matured artist and I have a low level of skill.
Well, there is a bright side
By Angle of Deth
This paper just dissolves when you hit it with water. I do not have a heavy touch and I ended up with a hole in my paper.That said, I was about to throw out the package when I decided to give the paper a second chance. I did a small sketch with my Derwent Graphitint pencils which only require a touch of water...it worked wonderfully! I obtained a very delicate look and the paper didn't fall apart.
paints soaks right in...
the price for the 5*7 one is pretty nice. but i feel like it doesn't have enough sizing.. paint soaks right into the paper and don't leave much room to blend. lifting is kinda impossible. Maybe other sizes are better although I am not sure. but the 5*7 ones I got aren't good.
Merchant response: Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us. Please know that our Product Information Specialists are ready to help you find a watercolor paper that would have the performance characteristics you're looking for. They're available Monday through Friday 8am to 5:30pm CST by phone at 1-800-933-2542 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and they'll be happy to work with you!
Nice paper, but rougher than other brands
I ordered a package each of the cold press and hot press 5x7 paper. The cold press is actually rough, and the hot press would be comparable to a cold press paper in other brands. I'm enjoying the hot press paper, but the cold press was too rough for my needs.
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