Our Favorite Paper for Botanical Art


Legion Paper Saves the Day!

When Wendy needed new hot pressed watercolor paper to replace Fabriano Artistico, she was afraid she wouldn’t be able to find anything that worked quite as well for her. Nonetheless, her determined search led her to Legion Paper, where she was met with nothing but passion and generosity. She called to ask for samples to try and was directed to talk with Legion Paper’s president and co-founder, Michael Ginsburg. He is very passionate about his papers, and because Wendy is so passionate about her art supplies, they quickly developed a collaborative relationship. Wendy has tested new papers for them and has received generous donations. Michael interviewed Wendy last year about her technique and materials used throughout her process as part of his interview series with artists (watch their interview here!). Most importantly, Wendy loves their papers, especially Stonehenge Aqua Hot Pressed and Stonehenge Kraft Paper.

When Wendy began her journey as a botanical artist, she was very particular about what she needed and spent a lot of time finding exactly which supplies worked best for her technique. So, that meant that she custom-ordered her supplies from many different sources.

Over time, as Wendy began teaching, her students found it difficult to source her exact recommended colors and supplies. As a solution, Wendy began assembling art kits for her students–beginners to masters. This meant that she established contacts and relationships and could vend her favorite products right from her art studio, directly from their manufacturers.

Now, with Draw Botanical’s Art Supply Guide, the entire botanical drawing community can have the materials they need to practice toward their best results! Draw Botanical only sells art supplies that we believe in and have practiced with. If it doesn’t work for Wendy, she won’t sell it, so you can shop with the confidence that you will find the best tools for realistic botanical illustration.

Watch Wendy’s review of various hot press watercolor paper!

Why does Wendy prefer Stonehenge Aqua Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper?

Keeps sharp point longer

Works great with watercolor

Takes pencils without too much texture

Comes in many colors (Wendy’s favorites are white & kraft)

Smoother than other papers, so the same result can be achieved with less layers

100% Cotton

Neutral pH

Acid Free

Chlorine Free

2 deckles, 2 cut edges (sheets)

Sized for watercolor

Superior quality

Contains no animal gelatin

Synthetic Sizing

Aqua Stonehenge is as finely crafted as it is affordable. Performing way beyond its price point, it has been tested to its limits and as it turns out, it has no limits.

Wet-on-wet or wet-on-dry, it has a wonderful crispness that anchors beautiful work across every task and technique. With Stonehenge Aqua, blending is effortless, lifting is no longer a chore. It welcomes masking while never relinquishing the control you both demand and desire. Bright colors dry bright. Blocks or sheets, it’s flat paper that dries flat.

Want to learn more about the difference between cold press & hot press? Watch this helpful video!

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