Quick sketch in watercolour on Clairefontaine paper
Recently I’ve had the privilege to test Hahnemühle’s Cezanne hot pressed watercolour paper (300 gsm) and I really enjoyed working with it!
The paper has a suprisingly smooth, satiny surface… it’s probably one of the smoothest papers I’ve ever used. The colour is a nice natural white, which to me is a big plus, as I much prefer working on ivory papers rather than on the extra white ones.
The Cezanne paper is also available in cold pressed and rough surfaces.
Because of the smoothness of the paper, doing the preliminary drawing was very enjoyable and, if I needed to do a bit of erasing in certain areas, it did not affect the surface of the paper at all. I always use a kneaded eraser but with some papers even the slightest amount of erasing can cause some damage and lead to uneven colour application later on.
I was especially pleased with the drying time on the Cezanne paper. Even though the surface is hot pressed, the paint did not just sink into the paper and dry immediately. After applying a wash I still had plenty of time to move the paint around, soften the edges or drop some more pigment in using the wet in wet technique.
It also seems to me that the colours remained vibrant and did not lose their intensity after they had dried, which was a nice surprise!
In my paintings I usually do only two washes: one for the local colour and one for the shadow shapes, so I cannot comment on how layering or glazing would work on this surface… I also do not lift and tend to leave things as they are.
Below are some close ups of some of the paintings I’ve done on the Cezanne paper. Perhaps from this close it is easier to see how the paint behaves on this surface. You can click on each picture to enlarge it even further.
And here are the actual paintings:
I am very grateful to Hahnemühle for being so kind and giving me the opportunity to test their lovely paper!
I hope this review was helpful to those of you who are interested in hot pressed papers. Hahnemühle’s Cezanne is definitely worth trying out and to my mind, for a hot pressed paper, it’s very forgiving!