Best Watercolor Boards for En Plein Air Painting – ARTnews.com

As an alternative to watercolor blocks, watercolor boards offer a rigid surface on which distortion-free paintings can be executed. Great for working outdoors or anywhere without a handy easel, desk, or table, watercolor panels provide their own support. Browse our roundup of the best options below.

1. Canson Plein Air Watercolor Art Board Pad

This cold-pressed watercolor plate is available in sizes from 8 x 10 “to 12 x 16” and comes in a block of ten sheets. Glued to the pad on one side, these boards are easy to organize and work well with all wet media. The acid-free construction ensures a light-free finish and keeps your work in archival condition.

To buy:
Canson Plein Air Watercolor Art Board Pad

$ 21.78

2. Phoenix watercolor painting canvas panels

If you want to try an unconventional watercolor surface, give these canvas panels a try. These boards are acid-free, triple primed and made of 100% cotton. They were specially developed for watercolor painting. The fine-grained texture makes it easy to absorb and correct. The panels are available in sizes from 8 x 10 inches to 11 x 14 inches. With six boards per pack, there is plenty of material to frolic about.

To buy:
Phoenix watercolor painting canvas panels

$ 16.99

3. Commercial and Aquabord

Another paperless option, this 5 x 7 inch board is made from clay-coated hardboard that feels similar to watercolor paper. Thanks to the smooth surface, colors can be raised and erased on wet or dry surfaces, and pigments retain their vibrancy better than paper. This board is guaranteed not to tear, shrink or kink and comes in a pack of 3.

To buy:
Ampersand and Aquabord

$ 11.00

4. Crescent Creative Products Art & Illustration Watercolor Board

This triple pack of cold-pressed, lightly textured watercolor plates is available in dimensions from 5 x 7 inches to 11 x 14 inches and is suitable for both dry and wet media. Made from 100% cotton rag, this paper is more durable than cellulose-based surfaces and does not buckle in wet media. This surface is acid-free and heavy and keeps your images in an archived condition.

To buy:
Crescent Creative Products Art & Illustration …

$ 23.58

5. Arteza Watercolor Art Paper Foldable Canvas Pad

This acid-free paper has marked guidelines on the sides that allow you to fold the watercolor paper into three-dimensional panels for display. This heavy wood paper is made from wood pulp and can withstand multiple layers of acrylic, watercolor and gouache. Each perforated sheet of cold-pressed paper will neatly separate from its block so you can start painting right away. With 20 sheets per pad, there is plenty of material to carry out a wide variety of painting projects.

To buy:
Arteza Watercolor Art Paper Foldable Canvas Pad

$ 22.99

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