Left: Another fantasy dog, but this one is on the cold press version of Fluid Watercolor paper. It's from a 6 x 12 inch pad (I think, the original has been put away.) Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy pen with some light washes of gouache.
Yesterday I wrote about the hot press version of Fluid Watercolor paper. The cold press version of this paper has been around for awhile. I think it's a good cold press paper: responsive, takes some work without complaint. A pleasant texture (which you can see if you click on the image to blow it up. You can do some fun things with washes on this paper, either pushing them around or encouraging them to stay.
I use this paper in the studio for quick studies, and I used it at Paws on Grand for my quick dog portraits.
You can see from this image what the texture does to pen work—breaks it up just a little bit when you're pressing lightly.
Unlike some other inexpensive watercolor papers this paper doesn't seem hard and stiff.
I can write with the F-CPAC pen on this paper (as well as draw with it) but for the Fair I'm still going to go with the hot press version as I mentioned yesterday.
For a limited time the cold press version of this paper is on sale at Wet Paint with an Escoda watercolor brush. A nifty little deal. (I bought several pads for Paws on Grand, so I know about this—I'm not in any way financially connected to WP or this paper or brush company.)