January 27, 2022

Budget-Friendly 100% Cotton Watercolor Paper Comparison

Paul Rubens, Arteza Expert, Bee Paper, Legion Stonehenge Aqua, Baohong Academy

Take a closer look at the five 100% cotton watercolor papers that I own and see how they compare to each other. All of these papers are less expensive than the coveted Arches $$$$ (unless you can find it on sale!) so they might be a good choice for watercolor beginners to try without having to break the bank.

Here are the five papers we looked at, they are all 100% Cotton 300gsm/140lb

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Paper Texture:

Paul Rubens 100% Cotton Watercolor Paper

Paul Rubens

Arteza Expert 100% Cotton Watercolor Paper

Arteza Expert

Bee Paper 100% Cotton Watercolor Paper

Bee Paper

Legion 100% Cotton Watercolor Paper

Stonehenge Aqua

Baohong Academy 100% Cotton Watercolor Paper

Baohong Academy

Testing comparison sheets:

granulation cotton paper compare swatches

granulation

flow cotton paper compare swatches

flow

dispersion cotton paper compare swatches

dispersion

multimedia cotton paper compare swatches

mixed media

layering cotton paper compare swatches

layering

All tests by paper:

Paul Rubens 100% Cotton Watercolor Paper

Paul Rubens

Arteza Expert 100% Cotton Watercolor Paper

Arteza Expert

Bee Paper 100% Cotton Watercolor Paper

Bee Paper

Legion 100% Cotton Watercolor Paper

Stonehenge Aqua

Baohong Academy 100% Cotton Watercolor Paper

Baohong Academy