Britannia watercolour board is great for use with all wet painting techniques like watercolour (on dry as well as on moistened paper), gouache, tempera and acrylic. Dry techniques or wash drawing (lavis) can also be done successfully on this paper. Because of its sturdiness and thickness, this board maintains its flatness extremely well after being moistened. The hardness of the surface also makes it easy to apply your paint.
Hahnemühle watercolour board is available in either a satin-finished (smooth), a matte (lightly grained) or a rough (course grained) version. The matte surface version has a fine character upon which you can paint with full brush strokes when employing a wet-on-dry painting technique and, when using a wet-on-wet technique, even, gleaming colour gradients. Watercolour papers and boards with matte surfaces are recommended for artists who are interested in fine details.
The rough surface version has an irregular, somewhat course texture that gives a watercolour a more tangible, vivid appearance. If you paint with quick brush strokes on its surface when dry, little white areas will appear in the recesses arising from the coarseness of the paper – a very interesting looking effect for your painting. If the surface, however, is wet before painting, your colours will be intensified in those exact same recesses. Paper with rough surfaces is only recommended for use by practiced watercolour artists.
The satin-finished cardboard is particularly suitable for artists who prefer a texture-free, smooth watercolor paper for their work. Also recommended for dry watercolor or mixed media techniques.