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Stonehenge Aqua is as finely crafted as it is affordable. Wet-on-wet or wet-on-dry, it has a wonderful crispness that anchors your work across every task and technique.
Stonehenge Aqua accepts multiple layers of color in a controllable manner, and watercolors can be easily manipulated without drying out. Blending is effortless, lifting is no longer a chore, and it welcomes masking without relinquishing control. Bright colors remain bright after they're dry.
This 100% cotton paper is pH-neutral, acid-free, lignin-free, chlorine-free, and contains no optical brightening agents. It starts out flat and dries flat.
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I love this paper!
from Hendersonville NC
Comments about Stonehenge Aqua Watercolor Sheets:
Stonehenge Aqua hot press paper is wonderful! It holds a neat edge, erases and lifts splendidly, has just the right amount of sizing, and is very smooth. I am totally delighted with it! No other paper I have tried matches it.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Stonehenge Aqua: a great watercolor paper for Botanical Art
from Accord, NY
Paper Requirements for Botanical Art: Stonehenge Aqua hot pressed watercolor paper works great:Should not buckle too much from wet watercolor applicationShould allow for control of watercolor (doesn't spread too much) so that fine details can be usedShould not be too roughSmooth surface, but not too smooth Should not be so smooth that it is slippery, because then it is not able to receive the extensive layers of pencil and watercolor that I like to applyShould allow for rendering fine linesShould get really good darksShould get bright, clear colorsShould blend colors together smoothlyReceives many many layers of pencil and paintNever get a waxy build upTexture of surface should be fine enough so a pencil point does not dull too quicklyShould be able to erase and lift some watercolor
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Yes. I love this paper. It is my new go-to paper.
By Painting Joz
from Vancouver, Washington
Stonehenge aqua's hotpress paper is the best. Love the slickness of this product. The sizing is perfect, and when needed it washes out beautifully.
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Painted on Stonehenge Aqua hotpress 140 lb. titled "Red ribbon, pink rose" by Bev Jozwiak AWS NWS
Painted on stonehenge aqua hotpress. By Bev Jozwiak AWS NWS
Measures Up To The Best!
from South Carolina
I've been a professional illustrator and designer for over 35 years. Watercolor is my favorite medium I and have been dedicated to Arches WC paper for pretty much all of those years. I now have a YouTube channel about painting with watercolor with over 100k subscribers, and as such have ventured into trying many new papers and doing reviews for my viewers. Arches will probably always be a favorite, BUT I must say I've been blown away by the quality of Stonehenge! There are several decent hi-grade WC papers and I've tried most of them, Stonehenge however, was one of the only ones that just clicked immediately. It got out of my way and let me work the way I like to work, coming so close to the feel of Arches that I almost forgot I was painting on Stonehenge. It may even become my go to paper. So far, I absolutely love this paper!
Try it and see!
I've used this paper many times and I'm very happy with it. It holds the color well and the colors stay bright and clean on the paper's surface. Give it a try if you are using watercolor papers, it's a lot of fun to use and very versatile.
I would buy and use this watercolor before any other
from Port Clinton
I am a watercolorist and I use tube watercolors and Brusho. I prefer Stonehenge Aqua 140 # and 300 # CP paper over any other. With Brusho I paint very wet n wet, this paper dry very flat and is very resilient. I also do Brusho workshops and my students have fantastic results with this watercolor paper. An excellent product.
Excellent with watercolor pencils
By FL artist
I'm a colored pencil artist who used a sample of Stonehenge Aqua Hot Press with watercolor pencils. The paper's smooth surface took the dry pencils very well, and when brushed with water, the color released and blended easily. I did a lot of my project by rubbing the colors on a plastic palette, mixing and applying them with a brush. The color went on as wanted and expected. I was able to lift colors easily by wetting with the brush and dabbing with paper towel. In one small spot, I tried to use an eraser while the paper was still wet, and some of the surface rubbed off. I let it dry and painted over it leaving no evidence of damage. When finished, removing the taped edge was easy, no damage to the paper. All in all, an excellent surface! I will definitely use it again. I love that it's all cotton and acid-free – it was a good white, and a good weight at 300 gsm.
Compares with premium watercolor paper
By April's twin
from Portland, OR
Because I mix dry medium with watercolor, I need a sheet where the sizing is notably present for vigorous paint play, yet allows the kind of mark-making I'm after with dry media. But most of all, I care how watercolor works on the surface, and I found that Stonehenge Aqua behaves like a premium watercolor sheet. The sizing is excellent for paint to be nurtured to blend, blossom, or lift when I need it. For me, the intrigue of watercolor painting is in the vibrancy of a color, or the unique subtly of a neutral. The brightness of Stonehenge Aqua white allows my colors to go down true. That brightness also gives my work a contemporary appeal, where a dingy white sheet seems dated. While the cold press is my preferred surface for watercolor effects and granulation, Stonehenge Aqua's hot press has an absolutely marvelous tooth to it. Still a smooth hot press, yet just enough surface texture to allow for desired nuances in my mixed-media work. The hot press also fits the contemporary aesthetic I'm after.
Stonehenge is my primary paper
By Kevin Woodson
from Oakland, California
I've been painting with Stonehenge Aqua 300 lb. cold press for about a year now, and although I have plenty of other papers to chose from in my studio, Stonehenge has become my primary go-to choice for wet-on-wet botanical watercolors. I'd long been looking for an alternative to Arches, and other brand papers that seemed to have great features for specific conditions, but were also highly restrictive to particular studio and plein air techniques. Stonehenge Aqua works for me, holding up to all sorts of weather and performing exactly how I need in the studio. It's a paper that's made for me -- vs. others that seem to have been crafted for specific purposes. And did I mention that the price is unbeatable? I'm looking forward to this spring, hanging a gallery collection in Oakland California consisting exclusively of paintings made on Stonehenge Aqua. The curators love the show, people are excited, and I'm having so much fun finishing up the final paintings!
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Roses on Stonehenge Aqua 300 cp
Absolutely LOVE this paper!
By Wendy Layne
from The Woodlands, Texas
I really love this paper. Since I'm already a fan of Stonehenge paper for drawing with colored pencils I decided to give the Aqua Watercolor sheets a try. I ordered the 300 GSM 140 LB and I loved this paper right away. It's sturdy, bright white, and nicely textured. I use it for my watercolor pencils and found it to be the perfect paper and I'm now using it in workshops that I teach using Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils. I've tried both the cold press and hot press and found them both perfectly suitable for watercolor pencils. I have also created using the Aqua Coldpress and Derwent Inktense pencils and found that it worked exceptionally well. It's absorbent and I've been successful using various techniques i.e., using a wash, wet on wet, dry brush, scraping, and detailing with sharpened watercolor pencils. I've even tested this paper with Faber Castell PITT India Ink pens as well as with Pan Pastels and I think this will be a perfect mixed media paper.
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