Here’s a question I get asked a lot:
Can I use regular paper with my watercolor paints? Or do I need to use watercolor paper?
The answer is yes! I like using liquid watercolor paints (affiliate link) on regular sulphite drawing paper but it only works well for a specific result.
Here’s a video to explain what the differences are:
- Sulphite paper is about 76 lbs and will soak up the watercolor paint quickly. This doesn’t make it an effective surface to promote color blending or using the salting technique.
- Watercolor is best for blending watercolors and adding salt for that lovely starburst effect because it has texture. This allows the watercolor paint to sit on the paper surface for a longer period of time to allow for the mingling.
- The biggest difference is using glitter watercolor paints on sulphite paper. The viscosity in the glitter watercolor seems to help the liquid stay on the paper’s surface long enough for an effective salting technique.
Here are some projects that use liquid watercolor paints on regular sulphite paper:
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