Paper specifications

  • Paper made from 100% cotton rag. No cellulose, wood pulp or flimsy cotton linter pulp used.
  • Due to cotton rag, our papers have inherent physical and folding strength.
  • Acid free and Ph Neutral.
  • Air dried.
  • Free from dirt specs and spots.
  • Contains 2% alkaline reserve.
  • Offered in three texture variants - Rough, Cold Press and Hot Press.
  • All artist grade papers are produced in 300, 450 and 640 GSM. Hot Press variety is presently available in 300 GSM only.
  • Both Internally Engine Sized and Externally Gelatin Tub Sized. 100 GSM papers are Internally Sized.
  • Colours: Buff and Ivory
  • Priced competitively, affordable for students.


  • Watercolour
  • Acrylic (before applying, please coat with texture white)
  • Pastel
  • Pen & Ink
  • Pencil
  • Charcoal
  • Mixed-media
  • Markers
  • Calligraphy

A note on texture of Maestriaa Classic Watercolour Paper

During paper production process, after the paper is dried and external Tub Sizing Process, the paper goes through a process called calendering. This process determines the different kinds of watercolour surfaces.

  1. A Hot Press paper is heavily calendered.
  2. A Cold Press paper is medium calendered.
  3. A Rough paper is supplied as a naturally dried paper without going through calendering process.

The pressure applied on watercolour paper during the calendering process plays a vital role in determining whether the fibers are firmly or loosely joined together. This will make the paper to behave differently due to variation in texture of paper.

Maestriaa Classic Hot Press Paper

Maestriaa Classic Hot Press paper has a smooth surface with light woolen texture visible. Due to calendering, the paper develops a hard feel.

Hot Press paper is available in 300 GSM as ready cut sheet in 6 x 9, 9 x 12, 11 x 15 and 22 x 30 inches and in products like Handy Block, Wiro Pad and Travel Book.

Notable features of Hot Press paper are:

  • Very little pigment / colour penetrates  the paper.
  • Some artists prefer Hot Press for detailed work in watercolour / pen & ink while others prefer the surface for pencil /charcoal.
  • Works well with gouache/ Zentagle with Sakura pen / markers etc.

Maestriaa  Classic Cold Press Paper

Cold Press papers are universally preferred by all artists. It is the most versatile and popular texture and its semi-rough surface is suitable for both detailed and smooth washes.

Cold Press papers are available in 300/450/640 GSM as ready cut sheet in 6 x 9, 9 x 12, 11 x 15 and 22 x 30 inches.

Deckle-Edge uncut papers are available only in Cold Press surfaces in 300/450/640 GSM. 

Notable features of Cold Press paper are:

  • Some pigments penetrate deeper in to the fiber.
  • A Painting on this type of paper ends up with a nice velvety look.
  • Wash and wet in wet application can be activated in Cold Press.
  • It has an excellent surface for combining pastels with watercolour especially pen, pastels and mixed-media.

Maestriaa Classic Rough Paper

A Rough paper has features of pronounced tooth that is good for washes because it exudes luminosity.

Notable features of Rough paper are :

  • Pigment seeps even deeper into the fibers of Rough paper.
  • Wet in wet applications work well on rough surfaces.
  • Glazing works better because the rough surface of paper grips the first layer quite well.
  • Rough surface is conducive to dry brushing, which is great for creating the illusion of foliage.

We hope the above information on paper texture has been helpful and enable an artist to pick the right Maestriaa Classic paper.

Happy painting!

Which grammage of paper is best suited for watercolour painting?

The choice of GSM / grammage / thickness of paper for a particular painting depends upon the nature of work.

Watercolour work is best done on 300 GSM paper. Any paper when wet will buckle due to its inherent nature. Hence it is advisable to tape it on a board before starting to paint. This will reduce buckling.

Products like Handy Block 300 GSM can be used to avoid the taping process.

Higher GSM papers (450 and 640 GSM) have their own charm to work with watercolour as well as acrylic medium.

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