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ULTIMATE Watercolor Masking Test – 14 types of watercolor paper!

Happy Friday, all! After my last video, I was curious about how well contact paper would perform as a mask on different types of watercolor paper. Also, I wanted to test Gina K Masking Magic paper with watercoloring. So here we are! The ultimate watercolor masking test! I also included Pebeo Drawing Gum and Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid in the test.

(Wondering what I used in this video? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).

I tested 14 different watercolor papers:

I used three different watercolor mediums:

And I used two different type of dies for cutting out the papers:

Overall, the results were mixed depending on the type of paper and which masking paper was used. Here are the results (watch the video for extreme closeups)…

Overall, I think this was a useful test! For the most part, all of the masking options worked well enough on all the watercolor papers (which the exception of the contact paper on Stonehenge black–it tore the paper upon removal).

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Supplies

Compensated affiliate links used when possible. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased. Items below are shown in the order they appear in the video.


*Simon Says Stamp Window to My Heart die
[ SSS ]
*Simon Says Stamp Words of Hope dies
[ SSS ]
Contact Paper
[ AMZUS ]
Gina K Designs Masking Magic Paper
[ SSS | GNK ]
Pebeo Drawing Gum masking fluid
[ SSS | AMZUS ]
Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid
[ AMZUS ]
Arches Cold Press Watercolor Pad 9×12
[ SSS | AMZUS ]
Arches Hot Press Watercolor Paper
[ SSS ]
Canson Montval 140 lb. watercolor…
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Canson XL Watercolor Pad, 9×12
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor…
[ SSS ]
Strathmore Hot Press Watercolor Paper
[ AMZUS ]
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper, 9×12
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Canson XL Bristol Smooth
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Fabriano Artistico Extra White, 5×7…
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Fabriano Artistico Extra White Hot…
[ BLIC ]
Saunders Waterford Cold Press…
[ BLIC ]
Saunders Waterford Hot Press…
[ BLIC ]
Stonehenge Black Watercolor Paper
[ AMZUS ]
Canson Watercolor Paper, 90 lb.
[ AMZUS ]
Hardboard, 9×12
[ SSS ]
3M Scotch Blue Masking Tape
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Gemini Junior Die Cutting Machine
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Teflon Bone Folder
[ SSS ]
American Crafts Paper Fashion Basics…
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Arteza Watercolor Markers, 48 set
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Finetec Pearlescent Colours, 24 set
[ SSS ]


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