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An economical, heavyweight paper, Strathmore's Skills watercolor paper is a good student-grade paper with a cold press surface.
Skills Watercolor Paper provides even washes and good lifts when used for lighter wet media techniques — a perfect paper for practicing and experimenting.
Tapebound pads hold multiple sheets of 140 lb (300 gsm) paper. Contains 30% post-consumer fiber.
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from Mount Vernon, WA
Comments about Strathmore 200 Series Skills Watercolor Pads:
Nice heavy paper that can accept watercolor or acrylic paint.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Do not buy these for practicing watercolor. You can not apply a certain types of techniques at all, especially wet-on-wet and lifting, could be because the paper does not have sufficient sizing for watercolor medium. Also, when you brush too much ( like when you trying to fix an area), the paper pulp will come off . I know this is supposed to be inferior ,cheap watercolor paper for practice , but you won't be able to practice at all if you are a serious student. Instead buy the higher Strathmore series, work on small size good paper,learning basic drawing skills and art principles, or really concentrate and careful even if you are practicing to avoid wasting expensive paper.Paper is very important in watercolor.Buy better paper and be responsible for it .
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
This is great paper
from Friday Harbor, WA
I use this paper for pen and ink watercolor urban and field sketches. It is stiff, doesn't need to be mounted with tape unless you are doing very wet work, and holds up well. Keep in mind that it is,practice paper, but it is acid free and a nice weight (140 lb.). It will pull if you try to lift mistakes, so learn to blot with a paper towel or don't try to fix your errors.I love this paper!
What a great buy
I use this paper for pen and ink watercolor sketching. There are many good things to say about this "paper for practice". It is quite stiff, so you don't have to tape it down if you aren't doing heavy washes. That makes it a great product for field sketches. It is inexpensive and acid free. The only drawback is it can pull a lot if you try to aggressively lift mistakes... Learn to pat with a towel quickly, or live with your errors. I use this as my field paper of choice.
from Oakland, CA
This is just ok. Buckles quickly and forget about trying to correct a mistake. Not frame worthy.
Merchant response: Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with this paper. While this is an economical paper for students, it may not be the ideal choice for finished work, and we're happy to assist you in finding a more suitable alternative. Just give us a call at 1-800-933-2542 (8am-5:30pm M-F) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
VBS art project
from St. Louis
I ordered this for our Vacation Bible School to use for an art project. We needed really good quality art paper at a price that fit our budget. I was really pleased with the quality of the paper. And the price was great. I will order this the next time we need watercolor paper.
What a deal!!!
By ENL teacher
from Long Island, NY
This is such beautiful watercolor paper. And what a price! This notebook will allow you to give your students quality watercolor paper at an affordable price.
Good for practice
This paper is really good for practicing. One side has a little texture and the other is fairly smooth. I used this paper for watercolor and for practicing airbrushing. I just use the smoother side for airbrushing.Good buy.
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Perfect for practice
from San Francisco, CA
OK -- I love the value of this paper -- I am using it for a beginning class for ink and wash techniques and it works great for this wet on dry technique -- the paper is super thick and nice and so so inexpensive that I feel encouraged to try different sketch and wash without worry about wasting expensive paper. I have not used it for wet on wet techniques, and am using it for black and white work -- absolutely fabulous for that, and shades of gray show up really nicely. India ink with dip pen does not run or bleed -- you get crisp lines and whats even better, you can use the back of the paper, though that does not have as much texture, and dry brush texture techniques did not work as well. But the back is even nicer for sketching with a pen.
Waste of money
By Have paints will travel
from Los Angeles, CA
As soon as brush and paint is applied to this paper, the paper starts to fall apart. There is no way to use it for wet-into-wet, lifting, mixing on the paper, scraping...I'm not sure what "watercolor skills" you are supposed to be able to use this for. A far better choice would be the Strathmore watercolor Visual Journal.
Merchant response: We're sorry to hear that this paper didn't have the surface resilience you expected. Please know that we're happy to assist you in finding a paper that would have the performance characteristics you're looking for, and we hope you'll feel welcome to reach out to our Product Information Team for assistance. Product Specialists are available weekdays from 8am to 5:30pm CST at 1-800-933-2542 or email@example.com, and they're happy to help!
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