Thursday, March 9, 2017

What is Strathmore Windpower watercolor paper?

Do you know what the difference is between Strathmore Windpower Watercolor paper and their other watercolor papers? I recently asked this question to a representative for Strathmore and it turns out that the Strathmore Windpower Watercolor paper is the same as their 400 Series Watercolor paper, but the Windpower paper is made with renewable energy credits.

Both papers are natural white, cold press, 140 lb (300 gsm) and acid free.

The only difference is the price, as the Windpower is slightly more expensive! A Strathmore 400 Series Watercolor pad, size 18"x24", has a list price of $32.39, whereas a Strathmore Windpower Watercolor pad, same size, has a list price of $37.59, a difference of $5.20. For the smaller sizes, 10"x15" and 9"x12", the difference is less, around $1.64 and $1.24 respectively.

My only comment is that I find the naming a bit confusing and would have preferred the name "Strathmore 400 Series Windpower Watercolor" instead of only "Windpower Watercolor". As a matter of fact, in the Strathmore Dry and Wet Paper Media Guide, the Windpower paper is listed as "400 Windpower Watercolor"!

When I compared the two pads, the paper color, thickness, and texture did indeed match, although the paper in my particular Windpower pad had a slightly less pronounced texture (see picture). 

Comparing Strathmore 400 Series Watercolor (left) and Windpower Watercolor paper (right)
© 2017 Anna C./See. Be. Draw.