Watercolour Papers - I have tested many watercolour papers. It is quite a personal choice. Archers is my favorite, but the price tag is not so friendly for beginners. Leyton & Baohong is my next option at a very good price. Both being 100% cotton, the paper is strong & paint looks lively. Some say Leyton drys slower therefore is easier for beginners.
Paul Rubens being 50% cotton it is great for it’s price! Hands down best value.
100% cotton - Leyton, Baohong, Arches
50% cotton - Paul Rubens