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What's the Difference Between COLD and HOT Pressed Watercolor Paper? Comprehensive Guide for Artists

Updated: Apr 1

when you start with watercolors, A lot of beginners usually get confused with Hot Pressed and Cold Pressed. My personal preference is cold-pressed because it has a textured surface and provides a nice detail when you dry brush it. However, I use cold-pressed to do rainy scenes/wet scenes it gives a really nice smooth transition.

Hot Press:

Cold Press:

Hot Press Blending:

In the hot press, you can see the edges are textured and give and sparkly impressions of waters.

Cold Press Blending: