Water Colour Surfaces: A Go-To Glossary
Whether you’re a seasoned water colour painter or new to the discipline, knowing the most important water colour surface terminology will ensure you choose the ideal surface for your work.
Be sure to bookmark this page, your go-to glossary of water colour surface-related terms, to help you make the best decision about which surface is ideal for your artistic practice.
Produced by using cotton linter or wood-free fibre, acid-free paper is pH neutral, which is essential for the long term stability of paper.
|An example of artwork as painted on two different coloured surfaces, one cream (left) and one green (right)|
|Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Postcards and Cotman Water Colour Pad|
Bonus fact: Blocks are excellent for painting en plein air. Read more of our plein air painting tips here.
Imperial weight is that of 500 sheets of Imperial sized [30” x 22”] paper. A lightweight water colour paper might be 90lb. The Metric weight is grams per square metre (gsm). A 90lb. paper is equivalent to 190gsm.