Best value for money watercolor papers

Paper

How it looks What it is Where to get it & how much it approximately costs
 fabriano-hot-press Fabriano Hot Press (smooth)

140 lbs/300gsm

Size – almost A4

They sometimes have it at Batis, block costs about 6-7€
 winsor-newton-heavy-cartridge Winsor & Newton Heavy Cartridge paper (smooth)

100 lbs/220 gsm

Available in A3, A4, A5

Always available in Plaisio, prices according to block size from about 5€ to 9€
 daler-rowney-sketchbook Daler – Rowney sketchbooks (a type of cold press, some texture)

109 lbs/160 gsm (thinner than others!)

Available in A5, A4, A3

They have it in Art Center, price about  4-9€ pr sketchbook depending on size. Something similar is available in A4 (shop next to Art Center), but the covers is either blank or says A4. Price should be similar to Art Center.
 fabriano-cold-press Fabriano Cold Press (some texture)

140 lbs/300 gsm

A bit larger than A4

Sometimes available in Batis, price was under 10€
 cotman-cold-press Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Block (cold press, some texture)

140 lbs/300 gsm

A bit larger than A4

Always available in Plaisio, price about 7-8€
 canson-xl-aquarelle Canson XL Aquarelle

(cold press, some texture)

140 lbs/300gsm

Available in A4 and A3

They often have it in Art Center, A4 block is about 9-10€. The block has 30 sheets (more than any other), so still a good price.
 canson-mix-media Canson Mix Media (rough, very textured)

140 lbs/300gsm

A3, A4 A5

I think they have this type in Iralu, an A4 block costs about 10€, but has 30 sheets.
 fabriano-extra-rough Fabriano Extra Rough

(interesting texture, possible to use pencil)

125 lbs/270 gsm

A3, A4

They often have it in Batis and Art Center, price is under 10€ for A4 block.
 winsor-newton-acrylic Winsor & Newton Acrylic Pad (originally not for watercolour, but gives interesting effect, canvas textured)

140 lbs/300 gsm

A5, A4, A3

Always available in Plaisio, prices about 5€ to 9€ depending on block size.

*** With this one, name of the producer is not important – if the cover says ‘CANVAS TEXTURED’, it’s the right kind.

 allilografia Letter paper (very thin, but works great with ink and also watercolour)

A4

Sold in Ftinopolis on Athinas, in the basement. Price 1€/block
 reporters-notebook Reporters notebook (very thin, brownish paper, but white is also available). Works great with both ink and watercolour.

About A5 size

Sold in Ftinopolis on Athinas, in the basement. Price 0.50€/block

 

 

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