Watercolor Wednesday with Schut-16 #Exaclair #Schut #Watercolor


Each Wednesday for 22 weeks, I’ll be sharing artwork that was done on paper from a Schut Papier sampler.  I’ll be giving you a little information about each of the papers.

Schut Aquarel Flamboyant, Extra Rough, 250 gm2/115 lbs


50% Cotton, acid-free.

When I saw the texture of this paper I feel in love, because I’m really into texture.  I discovered this was a case of tough love, because watercolor this rough is a challenge to work with.

My first painting was totally an exploration, and I ended up using Gellyroll and Micron pens to add some definition and restore color to areas I overworked.  I had a little better idea of what to do with the second painting, but I know I could do better yet.  Personally, I adore this kind of paper.  It is a challenge, learning how to use it, but the textural effects you can get once you do? Totally worth it!

However, I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners or even intermediate painters unless they like a challenge or have experience with this type of paper.

The paper is thick, but very light for the thickness.

The outcome of my tests:

  • Paper folds well for its weight with some memory of the fold
  • When creased it does get multiple creases, but they don’t radiate outward
  • Frisket and/or tape both cause some damage
  • Color doesn’t lift easily; gets cottony if you try to add paint to lifted area
  • It’s easy to overwork the paper
  • Paper is absorbant, washes don’t move a lot
  • Paper tends to come off in chunks when you scrape it
  • Creates fantastic textural effects

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One comment

  1. Edo · December 11, 2014

    Yes its extremely difficult to make a watercolor the way you want on this paper! However, Charles Reid use it a lot, also for his portraits! Cause Schut is made in the Netherlands, I have it for a long time! My block is 25 years old, and still good to use, the texture is slightly different, but still very rough. I made something industrial on it! https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7412/13896879094_4c2192a7c8_b.jpg

    Regards from another Schut tester!

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