Review: Khadi Paper

I became curious about Khadi Papers ever since I saw them for sale at one of my favorite online stores, Art Whale. They’re made of 100% long fibred cotton rag and they have a deckled edge. They are handmade from India. I got several pieces through my boyfriend’s sister, who is also a watercolor enthusiast like me. So after finally being able to try it, here’s my initial thoughts on it.

  • They have a very textured surface ranging from medium to rough. The medium textured one is the one most comparable to cold-pressed watercolor paper. The handmade texture of the paper gives it a lot of wells for the paint to settle in, letting more pigments to get soaked into the fibers of the paper.

  • I read somewhere that the paper can take a lot of water and so for this reason, I used my Black Velvet brush during my initial try. They weren’t kidding. Since the Khadi Paper that I was trying out was 320gsm, it was thick enough to take a loaded brush. It also makes very very good gradients and blends as you can see in the photo above. The paint also doesn’t dry too fast, this is why the blending is so good.
  • One thing I noticed though is that the paint tend to dry with very hard edges but the vibrancy of the paint is retained. Now depending on your preference, the hard edges can be a good or bad thing. For me, it’s great for making non-detail pieces, the hard edges can make for very cool outlines.
Here’s the watercolor succulent that I did. All in all, I loved using Khadi Paper. I even plan to buy the bound sketchbook to take with me for urban sketching. The price is definitely affordable for the paper’s quality and for a watercolor enthusiast like me who’s not exactly a beginner while not being an expert either, the paper takes the frustration out of those difficult color blends. Plus, the deckled edge makes for a very nifty handmade look.

Khadi Paper Review