Arches Watercolor Paper Pad, 140 pound, Cold Press, 9"x12"
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- The cold press finish has a light texture and is the most common. It reflects light well, retaining the transparent quality of watercolours. A light grain makes it easier to achieve certain details
- All Arches papers are cylinder mould made as they have been for over a century. With long fibers, this thick, stable sheet is beautiful, durable, and resillient.
- Each sheet of Arches Watercolour is tub-sized in a bath of pure natural gelatin and then air dried to add additional strength and durability
- The best quality control. Our paper undergoes sophisticated testing and monitoring, with every sheet individually inspected to assure the finest quality
- Contains one pad with 12 sheets, 300 GSM
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An historic year, memorable for two special events: the arrival to America by Christopher Columbus and the founding of the Arches paper mill, which has endured through the centuries, to the pleasure and satisfaction of numerous renowned artists, art publishers and printers.
Arches Water Colour Paper Pad
Cold Press, 140lb / 300GSM
The cold press finish has a light texture and is the most common. It reflects light well, retaining the transparent quality of watercolours. A light grain makes it easier to achieve certain details
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Carefully selected 100% cotton fibers produce uniformity, adaptability, color fastness, and longevity. All papers have an alkaline buffer and are made without an optical brightening agent.
Papermaking on a cylinder mould allows even, uniform transfer of fibers onto the wire support. Each paper has a handmade appearance without the defects of handmade paper. It's principle has remained unchanged for over 200 years
Watermark of Authenticity
By using paper signed with the Arches watermark, artists can be sure that they have a medium with unchanging properties at their disposal, a medium that has revealed some of the greatest talents over centuries.
Arches is the only paper mill in the world to gelatin size its watercolour paper 'to the core'. This preserves the lustre and transparency of the colours whilst preventing paints from penetrating the paper. Resists erasing and scratching without tearing or linting.
Quality Control and Expertise
Arches carries out, throughout every production run, a succession of checks and inspections: mechanical, optical, chemical, visual. We ensure even distribution of the fibers in all directions, thereby improving the stability of the paper when wet.
|Cold Press Block - 300lb||Hot Press Block||Rough Block||Cold Press Block - 140lb|
|300lb Paper is similar to cardstock and needs no stretching. Will dry flat without buckling and can take more abuse||The hot press finish is primarily used for portraits. Discreet and reserved, it focuses attention on the subject of the work, emphasizing the drawing.||The rough finish has an effect close to that of handmade paper. This rough grain helps to achieve valuable effects of texture.||The cold press finish has a light texture and is the most common. It reflects light well, retaining the transparent quality of watercolours. A light grain makes it easier to achieve certain details|
Let your imagination take flight as you paint on the Arches Aquarelle watercolor pad. Use this cold press paper to create beautiful artwork with watercolors, gouache, and inks. Each sheet is painstakingly crafted from 100Percent cotton fibers, so it doesn't bleed or warp. To make these natural white, acid-free papers stable, they are designed on a classic cylinder mold. With natural gelatin used to size it, these one-pound sheets won't tear when scratched. Your paints will retain their beautiful sheen on this Arches watercolor pad. 12 sheets9 in x 12 incontains alkaline reservewithout optical brightening agents (adheres to ISO 9706)fungicidal treatment to prevent mold buildup .
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My research kept leading me to Arches for intense texturing of the kind which excites me. I bought 140 lb cold press Strathmore and it barely took moving paintbrush back and forth. I needed stronger paper, same weight. I also read many prefer the smoother surface for watercolor. Colors brighter. So now I've both pad to play with. Good stuff!
It's also slower to wick away the moisture than other papers that I've used, which I prefer as it increases the working time of the paint and since I live in a warm environment I need every advantage in that regard.
I've tried a couple of mixed media and watercolor papers, never 100% cotton. They're fine enough, and I'll keep using them, but I kept hearing about Arches. From painters raving about it, to reviewers using it as a benchmark to compare other papers to, the name Arches seemed synonymous with the best watercolor paper.
Seeing as someone important to me wanted a painting for her mother I thought I might as well do the gift the justice of being done on the right paper. So I gladly splurged on Arches.
Unless something better comes along I will I always keep Arches on hand for my best work.