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A great base for watercolour

Deborah Walker explains why Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour paper ‘gives the artist every chance of success’

TEST REPORT

Between the Salt Water and the Sea’s Strand, watercolour on Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour Paper 140lb (300gsm) Rough, 183⁄4 ×33in (48 ×84cm)

There are, for me, two criteria that lead to a successful watercolour: the quality of the paint and the suitability of the paper that is to receive it. Having used Winsor & Newton’s Professional Water Colour paint for over 30 years, observing over time only subtle changes that occur naturally in pigmentation and character, I feel I know my medium and how it behaves. The quality of the paper support is also crucial to painting success in watercolour, as it interacts with the medium to show the paint in its best light.

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About The Artist

Welcome to our May issue packed with inspiring practical features to help you develop your skills in all media. Watercolourists will love Bob Rudd's invented colour schemes for dramatic landscapes, Amanda Hyatt's five steps to watercolour success, with an exercise to try, Ann Blockley's invitation to inject some magic into your watercolour washes, Paul Talbot-Greaves' deconstruction into three parts of the painting of a daffodil, and Deborah Walker's test report on a new Winsor & Newton watercolour paper. Paul Riley and Julie Collins show how to use pen and wash and ink and watercolour in powerful combinations, while Jo Quigley demonstrates why working en grisaille in acrylics can be so beneficial. Portraitists will learn different ways to obtain a likeness from Ann Witheridge and Will Teather; adapt your sketching kit with ideas from David Parfitt; try painting seascapes in water-mixable oils with Paul Weaver, and more. And don't forget to enter our summer sketching competition with fantastic monthly prizes!