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Surfaces Watercolors are applied on paper. There are many different types of paper available sold in blocks, pads, rolls or single sheets. Watercolor papers differ in surface texture and weight which is based in pounds per 144 sheets. The lightest papers are 70 lb. and the heaviest, 300 lb. Surface textures vary from smooth to rough. Cold-pressed paper is the most popular to use for watercolors because it has a medium “tooth” as opposed to hot-pressed paper which is very smooth. Rough paper is available but has pits that can grab your brush and create pockets of color. Masking Watercolorists traditionally paint whites by leaving the white of the paper. To do so, these areas need to be protected from being painted inadvertently. This means you must plan ahead for where those areas are going to be and take care to not paint over them by mistake. An easier way to handle this is to mask them with pieces of tape or masking fluids. Masking fluid is applied with an old, worn-out brush (never a quality or new one) to those areas that are to be protected then allowed to dry. To remove the mask, rub it gently with a clean dry finger or rubber cement pickup.
For Watercolors Generally, watercolors are mixed with water for creating transparencies, but mediums such as Gum of Arabic or even acrylic mediums can increase the brilliance of colors. There are also several different mediums available to increase the fluidity and texture of watercolors. Other mediums are used with watercolor as well. Masking Fluid is a quite popular watercolor medium used regularly!