Strathmore Imperial 500 Series Cold Press Watercolor Paper
The Strathmore brand offers almost a dozen varieties of watercolor paper, but the 500 Series Imperial Watercolor paper is a professional-level cotton paper. It comes only in hot-press or cold-press, and is only available in 140-pound sheets of 22x30 paper, but the brand touts this papers extra sizing, the treatment that reduces absorbency. This gives the paper a durable surface, showing brighter colors, while holding up well to multiple layers of paint and allowing artists more flexibility in lifting colors to rework a painting. Plus, the paper comes at a fairly reasonable price for watercolor sheets of this quality, and it gets high reviews for its quality. For artists who need a broader selection, the other papers in the 500 Series offer more variety in weight and size.