One of the surfaces I tried during Mike's classes was of course watercolour paper. For this painting of the seahorses I used Arches 300lb cold pressed (Not) paper. The paper was a delight to paint on and took wet into wet washes without having to be stretched.
Yes that's right, for the first time I didn't have to wet and stretch the paper with tape to a board before painting as I have had to with 140lb paper in the past. Guess who went out and purchased Arches 300lb Not paper for future use? Really?
I love the way colours mix and blend, granulate and just generally get exciting on watercolour paper. I gave the Aquabord another try too, what a different handling of colour that was.