For the past week and a half I have been
working on a special project.
A super fun one that involves some product from
More specifically, I have been playing . . .
uh, working . . .
with one of Hahnemühle’s new papers
I used the hot pressed watercolour block for this project.
The Harmony is a natural white paper designed to
work with all wet-painting techniques.
Acid-free, light-resistant, extreme longevity,
excellent colors, natural brilliance –
these are just some of the words used to
I’d love to show you what I worked on
and tell you what I think about this paper.
And yes, this is going to be a super duper
photo-loaded art-a-palooza kind of post!
I began by removing four sheets from the block
and cutting them down into 4.5″ x 6″ sections.
This gave me a total of 16 sheets to work with.
Then I used my trusty little hole puncher from
Create 365 The Happy Planner and punched
holes along one side.
Those cool little pink circlets are called
and they serve to hold the book together.
In artsy terms this is called a disc-bound journal.
I used a piece of tangled acetate for the cover and
sacrificed one page of the Harmony to undercoat
the design, then I added the other 15 pages behind that.
I used so much product in this book.
I will do a separate tutorial for how I built this
particular page – since it’s probably my favorite.
They are little swatches of highly concentrated color
and you literally just use a water brush to pick up
the color and transfer it to the paper.
Once it was dry, I added the tangles and the white
highlights. You can see the punched holes along that
left side. The discs sit inside the larger portion.
This was the only page I used peerless on and they
worked exceptionally well.
I did not use a lot of water.
I pulled out my favorite Schmincke watercolor pans
and made color backgrounds on three surfaces.
Here you can get an idea of the pages and
how they interact with the discs.
For this particular page, I worked mostly wet onto dry.
I put the color on, then blended it around with the
water brush and let the edges of color flow into each other.
Tangling worked great.
The paper surface stayed smooth and I had
literally no warping or dimpling of the paper itself.
Harmony is 140 lbs. and it can handle the wet.
These next 2 pages were done with the
wet into wet technique alaAlice.
That means: slop a ton of water onto the page
and swirl some beautiful colors into it.
That may also mean spraying and spritzing more
water here and there to help push color where I
want it to go.
Both pages handled loads of ‘wet’ with no problem.
I had a little bend to the paper, but an overnight under
my iPad took care of that completely.
my iPad took care of that completely.
No pilling, no issues, and smooth tangling!
This particular type of journal makes the pages
really easy to work on.
You just pull them off those discs,
work on them, then pop them back in.
And the Harmony handled all that off and on
stuff very well!
I used Winsor Newton watercolor tubes on
this one page. They worked very well.
I just don’t have many colors in that brand.
Tangling still to come.
Continuing to work wet into wet,
I pulled out some QoR Watercolor tubes and
made a couple backgrounds.
And once they were dry,
I added tangles and highlights and shading.
All worked super duper on the Harmony.
I won’t show you the before and after
on all the pieces, I just thought these
were pretty both ways!
Still using the QoR tubes here.
Lots and lots of water and using a water brush
and spray bottle in addition,
and the Harmony held up great!
I did have a little warping, but again –
a night under the weight of my iPad and it
was all wonderful the next morning.
A different type of watercolor on these two –
These pigment watercolor cakes have bits of mica
to give shimmery highlights.
Hard to photograph but they are there!
Mostly I sprayed the paper first, then used a
water brush to pick up and dispense the cosmic color.
So pretty! And absolutely no warping of page,
no pilling, no issues.
On the pages where I used graphite to add shading –
I had no problems with the paper.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I shaded and
blended on top of color, on top of paper
But it all worked fine!
Watercolor worked great!
And it should because the Harmony was
made for watercolor.
So I thought, let’s try something else.
Because that is what I do.
I pulled out some bottles of
Still wet media.
I tend to use these just like watercolors,
so I started with a layer of water . . .
. . . that I added the liquid acrylics to with
I used a heat gun to push the color
and dry. These colors are so bright and beautiful!
For this little page, I went with a mixed media
idea. Bits of magazine collage were added
with Dina Wakley’s clear gesso.
I also used Jane Davenport’s mermaid markers
for some extra color,
some stencils from Joggles, Posca Paint Pens
and a couple gelly roll pens.
There is a lot more that could be done with this
mixed media page, at a later time.
Still using the Daler Rowney Liquid Acrylics
with a whole lot!!! of water!
I liked the results so much I had to make
a couple more pages.
For this one I just sprayed the page first,
then added the color . . .
. . . and then the tangles.
Love, love, love how this one turned out!
And one last Daler Rowney page.
I mostly put color along one horizontal edge,
and tilted the page and let the color run down.
Harmony and Daler Rowney –
a match made in heaven!
This is one sheet – front and back.
I haven’t drawn on these yet.
Not sure what pens to use because the surface
That would be because of what this product is.
Also from Cosmic Shimmer,
these are called Chalk Cloud Blending Ink.
They do have a chalky feel to them.
And I love the smoothness they have.
I used a blending tool to rub these colors on
in a circular motion. A whole lot of rubbing
with a felt pad to get the color on and
blended. The colors are not as vibrant as I
normally work with and I guess I’m ok with that.
They worked very well on the Harmony.
Easy to spread, and since there was very little
‘wet’ I did not have any change in the paper.
Moving on, I changed to
I put down a layer of water first, then mixed
the Golden color into the water and moved
it around by tilting and tipping.
Fun to tangle on and I promise –
I can’t tell a bit of change in this page
texture-wise or surface-wise.
Feels just like it did before I added color.
Here is the back side.
I haven’t drawn on this one yet.
I may just enjoy it like it is for now.
I used Golden Fluid Acrylics on this one.
Not as much water was involved, but
basically the same techniques.
Win/win all around.
While I was working on this little journal,
I received some new pens in the mail.
So I had to try them out.
No wet media, sorry, but just because the
Harmony is a watercolour paper
doesn’t mean that is all you can use it for.
I don’t recall where I got these pens.
They just showed up one day and I was like “what???”
From Pilot, they are called
0.3 mm tips.
12 beautiful colors!
This photo doesn’t do them justice.
And of course they worked well on the paper,
the nibs caught a little in the texture
but hey! this is watercolour paper.
This last group of pages are all related.
I used Tombow dual brush pens and basically
used them as watercolor.
Such a fun technique.
I have a quick YouTube tutorial here.
This technique rends such beautiful results . . .
every single time!
And I guess you get an idea of which colors
I like best. Hehehehe!
Here are a couple more I haven’t tangled on yet.
I started by saying I had 16 pages –
that is 32 work surfaces.
Honestly, I could have kept on tangling –
and I will –
but I wanted to get this review posted.
What did I think of the
Harmony Hot Pressed Watercolour Paper
I love it!
The block came with 12 sheets.
Just 4 pages gave me this 16 page book
with 32 work surfaces.
That’s a lot of bang for your buck!
If you are not familiar with these blocks,
they are glued on all four sides.
The purpose of that is so your paper dries flat.
If you use a load of water like I do,
that is a really wonderful feature.
I just let the page totally dry, then slip
a metal palette knife inside the one little
open slot they give you, and gently slide the edge
around all four surfaces which removes the page
from the block.
Just be sure it’s totally dry first.
This paper took all the media I threw at it.
Like a boss!
No problems at all.
What little warping I got with the wettest pages
was easily remedied with an iPad.
And if you have an iPad, you know it isn’t
All these pages have flattened out easily.
With all the water, rubbing, scrubbing,
heating, blowing, pushing and pulling –
I had no pilling anywhere, no feathering,
no damage of any kind to the paper.
So do I want you to have some awesome
Hahnemühle Harmony Hot Pressed
Of course I do!
Where can you get some?
You can get it at Art Materials.
And even better – it’s on sale at
Want to see a flip through of my project?
Maybe this will work.
Maybe this will work.