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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Twinrocker Handmade Paper

A couple of weeks ago I ordered a few sheets of Twinrocker handmade watercolor paper from Daniel Smith and really liked it. Later on, I decided to check out Twinrocker Handmade Paper's site and discovered that they offer paper samples. I ordered a packet of 8"x10" watercolor paper assortment which included a sheet each of hot press, cold press and rough papers, each handmade one at a time with four deckle edges and their watermark.

This watercolor paper is made from 100% new cotton, is archival and acid free as well as being tub sized with gelatine allowing the paint to stay on the surface of the paper clear and bright.

I just received my sample in the mail which only cost ten dollars including shipping from the company in Brookston, Indiana. Also included is a descriptive page, watercolor paper price list, description page with codes, weight and thicknesses, and a certificate for a 25% discount on an order of WC paper.

This watercolor paper is beautiful and a pleasure to paint on. What is your favorite paper and surface?

Twinrocker Handmade Watercolor Paper sample packet

Twinrocker WC papers, hot press, cold press and rough


  1. I am still using Arches, but the Twinrocker looks very good.

  2. I use Arches too but every once in a while like to check out different papers. I did a lot of experimenting with different papers when I first started painting in watercolor and finally realized that I was sabotaging myself by making it confusing as to the outcome of the way the paint works on different papers.

    I really think that Arches if different than it used to be in the eighties or maybe it's the paint but I really liked my washes more then!

    Thanks for sharing what paper you like to use!

  3. I use Arches 140lb coldpress. When I first started watercolors, I tried all sorts of papers and nothing was giving me the look or feel that I wanted till I found Arches.

    I do like this paper you're using, I may have to try it to! I love hand made papers. I totally flunked paper making but loved the experience! ha ha ha

    1. Hi Pablo!

      I enjoy your Facebook posts and am happy to see your comments here on the blog!

      Arches is great paper and like you, I feel I can pretty much trust the outcome painting on it being reliable. I think the paper that gives me the most fits is Fabriano! I love the look of the paper but the paint soaks in so much, it doesn't seem to flow or move around much. I've mentioned this to other artists and that isn't an issue with them!

      It's pretty cool that you got into papermaking . . . sounds great!


  4. Hi Kathleen! Fabriano paper hates me! ha ha ha I just can't seem to work with it but like you I LOVE the way the paper looks. So Purdy!

    Well, I didn't really get into papermaking, I took a class and was not too impressed with an instructor in crisis mode, nor was he impressed with my, uh, not too impressive papermaking skills! lol

  5. Hi Kathleen! I'm hoping you'll expound on the pros and cons of the Twinrocker. One of the things I'm always searching for when I read Watercolor or Drawing magazines is what paper or support the individual used and, so often, they don't tell us. Very frustrating! Also HK Holbein is offering a sample pack of their watercolors for sale right now (blue box on their main page.) Just thought I'd mention it cause I like to try different brands and such as well. Have a great day!

    1. Hi Karen,

      Thanks for commenting? Nice to hear from you.

      I've started doing the first painting on the Twinrocker paper I purchased from Daniel Smith. Actually I started one on the cold press side (some of their paper from DS is hot pressed on one side and cold pressed on the other) and I messed it up which wasn't because of the paper, just me! It was great to paint on. Now I am restarting that painting on the other side (hot pressed) and am not quite as happy with this side. It's a little soft so I definitely prefer the cold press side.

      After this I will try the three sample papers from the sampler directly from Twinrocker and will post my feelings about them after I've finished the three paintings.


    2. Karen, I meant, "thanks for commenting!"

  6. Hi Kathleen. I'm glad I saw this post because it reminded me that I have some Twinrocker paper that I purchased many years ago. I bought some of their 6" circles, which are SO cute, and painted a couple of them. I enjoyed the paper but didn't realize that one side is smooth and the other is cold press. Now I'm going to have to check that out. I have about 4 of the circles left and one square piece so I'm going to get those out and play with them.

    Over the years, I've used mostly Arches but recently, I don't like their sizing and their huge watermark really bugs me, especially that small square that shows from both sides and always takes the paint much darker that the rest of the paper. That's ruined the outer portion of too many paintings.

    Lately, I've really liked the lifting qualities of the Lanaquarelle 140# and the Waterford 200# cold press papers. I've also been playing with TerraSkin, a stone and resin paper that has some similarities to Yupo but I think it's much better to work with and I love the feel of it.

    1. Hi Nancy,

      I've seen those Twinrocker circles in the catalogues and also thought they were cute! Actually the paper samples I purchased from Twinrocker (described above in post) are not different on each side. The paper I purchased from Daniel Smith is smooth on one side and cold press on the other. I still haven't painted on the samples I got directly from the mill but am looking forward to it.

      I mainly use Arches paper too but it definitely isn't the same as it used to be. I used to buy quires of it from Napa Valley Art Store's catalogue. The sizing is indeed different now and like there isn't as much of it. The watermarks don't bother me and I actually think they look nice in the corner of watercolor paintings.

      Lana is my favorite paper for hot press paintings. I'll have to try the Waterford again which I haven't used for years.

      I learned about TerraSkin from your blog and it sounds great!

      Thanks for your post! I hope to see you at one of the watercolor society shows this year!