Review - Hahnemühle Harmony Hot Pressed Watercolour Paper - Spiral Bound #Hahnemühle_USA #HarmonyWatercolor #Watercolor @Hahnemühle_USA #WorldWatercolorGroup

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Hahnemühle started, 430 years ago, as a small manufacturer with less than 15 employees, making handmade writing and foolscap papers. Today they produce a wide range of high quality artist's and inkjet papers.

This is the second of three review/giveaways, one for each surface of the new released Harmony Watercolour paper.  The first review, on Harmony Cold-Pressed paper, can be found here.

All three versions of the Harmony line can be found in many different sizes and formats - spiral, block and sheets.  Today, I'm reviewing the hot-pressed paper, in an 8.3 x 11.7 inch/21 x 29,7 cm size, with 12 sheets, and spiral-bound format.

Paper Content: Alpha Cellulose
Surface: Hot-Pressed, Surface Sized
Color: Natural White
Weight: 300 gsm/140 lb.
Characteristics: acid free, age resistant, eraser resistant, suitable for masking fluid and tape
Available in spiral bound, glued blocks, sheets and rolls
Available in several sizes

Hahnemühle Harmony hot-pressed watercolour paper is an alpha cellulose paper with a natural white color.

It has the signature smooth texture of hot-pressed paper.  I didn't notice any discernible difference between the front and the back, either in texture or in the way it handles when painting.

The spiral binding has a double coil that allows the paper to move easily but has room for expanding if you are using the paper for chunky mixed media.

Why Use Hot-Pressed Paper?
Hahnemühle's Harmony line is available in Cold-pressed, Hot-pressed and Rough.  This is unusual and it's the only brand that is available in all three surfaces.

Many of you, especially those who prefer a spiral binding. may have never used hot-pressed paper!  I thought you might want to know you might want to use it.

Hot-pressed paper is smooth and can't handle as much water as cold-pressed or rough paper.  It is more likely to warp and buckle with heavy water use.  Color may lift more easily after drying, but it's quicker to pill or tear.

It can be better for:
  • Detailed work like:
    • Botanical Studies
    • Maps
  • Penwork like:
    • Line and wash
    • Tangle Patterns
    • Coloring pages
What it is less good for:
  • Textured effects, like granulation
  • Drippy effects
  • Wild color blending
I like to do a destruction test to see just how far I can take a paper. I found the Harmony Hot-pressed about average in this way, which means much less than a cold-pressed paper.  This is the painting after lifting and repainting areas a couple of times.  You can do it, just don't go overboard.

For my second painting, I was testing masking fluid.  I drew the flowers and butterfly with a masking fluid pen and splattered on some liquid masking fluid. Then I wet the surface until the water started to puddle.  As expected, that did make the paper buckle somewhat, but it straightened out pretty well, afterward.  Both kinds of masking fluid were easily removed

I used powdered ink crystals on this one, over masking tape and masking fluid.  The dry crystals were sprinkled on and then I sprayed water on them.  These are colors that move wildly, and I wanted to see how they flowed on this paper.  I was hoping for a bit more control, and I think I got a little - very little more.

I also mentioned above that hot-press paper is good for penwork, so I continued on with a technical pen and fineliners, adding patterns and finding images created by the paint.  So - even though I said that hot pressed isn't as good for wet-into-wet and drippy watercolor effects - it's a matter of degree and the kind of watercolor medium you are using.

One of the most popular uses for hot-pressed paper is the botanical study, so I had to paint flowers for this review.  I used small brushes and painted wet onto dry and built up my colors carefully.
With the Harmony cold-pressed paper, I noticed a distinct difference in the way the paint handled and the textural effect on the back of the paper.  Usually, that kind of thing is not as pronounced with hot-pressed, but I had to try it out anyway.  As expected, there was little to no difference in the look or the way the paint reacted to the surface.

Hahnemühle Harmony Hot-Pressed Watercolour Paper is an alpha cellulose paper with a natural white color.  It handles the way I would expect hot-pressed paper to handle and is excellent for pen work.  Although best for wet onto dry, it does have decent flow for wet into wet, though you do need to be careful with the amount of water you use.

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Who Can Enter? Anyone with a U.S. mailin g address (I apologize to my international friends - complex laws and high postage costs!) 

What Is the Prize?  A Spiral Bound pad of Hahnemühle Harmony Hot-Pressed Watercolor Paper, size  8.3 x 11.7 inch, like the one in the review.

How to Enter?  Type, or cut and paste these words: 'I want to win Hahnemühle Harmony HP' into the subject line of an email, and send it to me at LifeImitatesDoodles [at] gmail [dot] com. 

When does the giveaway end? The giveaway ends Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 11:59 PM PDT.
 I'll notify the winner on Sunday by responding to the email sent as an entry.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn. 

Who is Giving Away the Prize? Hahnemühle! I'm just paying the postage to send the prize. Seriously, they have been so generous.  Please consider visiting them on FacebookTwitterInstagram or on their website to say thank you.

Hahnemühle sent me two pads Harmony Spiral bound Hot-Pressed watercolor paper, one for review and one for giveaway.  I have received no other consideration, and all opinions expressed are my own.