Review: Hahnemühle Cézanne Cold Pressed Watercolor Block #Hahnemühle,#Cézanne #WorldWatercolorGroup

Recently Hahnemühle sent me an amazing number of fine art papers for reviews and giveaways.  This is the second of eight giveaways planned.  Today's subject is their Cézanne Cold Pressed Watercolor Block.  The giveaway is closed.

  • No. of Sheets-10
  • Size-24 x 32 cm/9.4 x 12.6 in
  • Bound-Glue & Webbing to ensure flatness when wet
  • Color-Natural White
  • Weight-300 gsm/140 lb.
  • Type-Matt/Cold-pressed/Grain Fin
  • Content-100% Cotton Rag
  • Mould-made
  • acid free  
  • lightfast
  • age resistant
  • surface-sized
Suitable for wet painting techniques: watercolour – especially glazing – lavis, gouache, tempera and acrylic.

Look & Feel
Hahnemühle Watercolour Blocks are both glued and gauzed on all four sides with one unbound corner (see photo).  I've cut the paper free with nothing better than a used gift card.  I did get a few shaved curls at the edge doing this, but when I used a plastic knife and little care the page cut free easily and cleanly.

The paper on the block puffed when I used large amounts of water for wet-on-wet techniques but not enough to cause significant problems with color pooling and leaving darker areas.

The block comes with a front cover that is very like a glossy magazine stock, and it has a heavy cardboard back.  There are 10 sheets of paper.

The paper is mould-made, 100% cotton, acid free, lightfast, and age resistant, cold pressed 140 lb. It is surface-sized so the pigment sits on the surface a bit longer, which keeps the colors brighter.

I scanned in a painted section to help show the texture of the paper.  The scan exaggerates the texture more than it shows up in real life, but not by much.

I taped a sheet into four quarters for my initial test.

In one quarter, I splashed on two types of masking fluid and some strips of masking tape.  One of the masking fluids is a cheap brand that tears most papers (but not all) and the other is a more expensive brand that I've never had a problem with.  I did a wash over the entire section and left the tape and fluid on overnight.

There was no problem peeling off the tape, and both masking fluids came off easily.  Another wash of color revealed no damage to the paper.

My second test was done with lots of water, highly re-active and staining colors, and some wet-into-wet with scrubbing.  The color moves well, but not as well as it did with the William Turner.  Where the colors blended, I noticed an interesting starburst sort of effect.  It only seemed to happen with colors that explode in the water.  I'm hoping I can make this happen on purpose later.

I wasn't able to get to white without damage, but I continued despite some pilling. All of this was done while the paper was wet or damp.  After the paint dried, the damaged areas did still take color, and the damage only shows through less vivid color.  Poor technique, but now I know how far I can go before damaging the paper and what damage I might be able to 'save'.

In the third quarter, I used less reactive, non-staining, highly granulating pigments.  They love this paper!  I didn't get the starburst effect with these colors.

Since I tested wet on wet the second quarter, I let this one dry completely before trying anything.  I found that I was in love with what was happening so I was kinder to the paper than usual.  I wasn't able to get all the way to white without some damage.  I did that to the hair, but stopped before it started pilling.  I was able to paint over the lifted area evenly.

For the last quarter, I painted wet on dry, glaze on glaze, and a bit of dry brush painting.  I was pleased with the results.  The paper handles all of these nicely.

Now, my finished painting is supposed to be done after I'm finished experimenting, but I recently got some watercolor sticks, and decided to try using them in this piece.  Turns out that if you apply them directly to the paper, you get streaks that won't dissolve completely.  It left ugly side-to-side streaks around the elephant's legs, but I used it to effect with the trees in the distance.

It means this painting isn't as representational of the qualities of the paper as I meant it to be, but I ran out of time to do another painting.  But no worries.  I'll be doing more (and better) paintings on it soon!

The Hahnemühle Cézanne Watercolour Cold Pressed Block has mould-made 100% cotton paper with surface-sizing.  The color flows well, but not explosively even when the paint is highly reactive. It handles masking fluid and masking tape well.  It is possible to lift some color if you take care.


Who Can Enter? This giveaway is international.

What Is the Prize?  One winner will receive a block of Hahnemühle 
Cézanne Watercolor Paper as pictured above. 

How to Enter? Cut and paste these words: 'I want to win 
Cézanne Watercolor Paper' into the subject line of an email, and send it to me at  LifeImitatesDoodles [at] Gmail [dot] com. (replace the words enclosed in [ ] with an @ and a . and make sure there are no spaces).

When does the giveaway start and end? The giveaway starts on Monday 10/15/17 at 05:00 AM PDT and ends Sunday 10/22/17 at 11:59 PM PDT.  I'll notify the winners on 10/23/17, by responding to the email they sent as an entry.

Who is Giving Away the Prizes? Hahnemühle sent me this block of 
Cézanne Watercolor Paper for the purposes of a giveaway.  All thanks go to Hahnemühle for their generosity.  I'm just paying the postage.

Disclaimer:  I earned a Hahnemühle Watercolor block at Doodlewash using DO points.  The rest of the items were graciously offered by Hahnemühle when I mentioned giving it away.  

You can buy Hahnemühle products at the following stores (some of the stores may have Cézanne paper even if it is not listed):

Cheap Joe's (online only)

Hyatt’s Graphic Supply
910 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14022

NEW YORK, NY 10011

ST. PAUL, MN 55105

Rochester Art Supply Inc.
150 W. Main St.
Rochester, NY 14614


About Hahnemühle 
Hahnemühle is the oldest German papermaker, manufacturing papers for traditional and digital artists as well as industrial papers. Their distinguishing feature is the ability to combine tradition with modern technologies.  They developed the first acid free and archivable machine made paper and the first Fine Art Inkjet papers.

They have produced their paper at the same place for more than 430 years. 

Papers characterized by the Hahnemühle ‘Rooster’ are produced with focus on quality instead of quantity. 

You can read more about Hahnemühle's history here.

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