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Watercolor Block, Cold Press 9"X12"
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- Paper made with natural cotton fibers on a cylinder-mold machine
- Great for watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and airbrushing
- Made with a natural gelatin sizing
- 20 sheets of natural white, acid free, 100% cotton paper
- 9"X12" cold press 140lb / 300g
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Arches Watercolor Blocks contain paper made with natural cotton fibers on a cylinder-mold machine. This artist-grade watercolor paper is great for watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and airbrushing. Arches is made with a natural gelatin sizing. These blocks contain 20 sheets of natural white, acid free, 100% cotton paper, and are glued on all 4 sides. This block is 9"X12" cold press 140lb / 300g.
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I love blocks for a couple of reasons. First is that the stretching of paper or taping is eliminated. Just flip back the cover and you're ready to go. But the other thing I like is that there is a protective page inside the cover that protects the first piece of paper and this way you won't have to worry about fingerprints and oils from hands ruining that piece by causing a resist of watercolor. I can't tell you how many times I purchased a pad of paper in a store and people handle the pages ruining it for me. I have stopped buying books in stores because of this. But if you must, then choose from underneath the stack! You may have better luck that way.
The tooth on this paper is perfect. Not too rough but just right allowing fabulous results with dry brushing. I ordinarily use these blocks for paintings, not for exercises. I use my Strathmore 400 series for that. When I can afford to order nothing but arches I will. Beginning with buying full sheets to cut down.
Absorbency on arches is great. Colors that sit on top stay on top and others that absorb and spread, do it well.
In watercolor painting, Arches paper is considered one of the most popular papers used among watercolor artists. There are also other brands out there that are excellent but I haven't tried them yet. I may in the future.
Arches is the only favorite I know.
But if you can't afford it make sure you always buy 140lb 300gsm or higher paper. Cold press is the norm for watercolor. Hot press is used in certain circumstances but if you're starting out, you need to read labels and do not buy 90lb paper for watercolor. You will hate this style of painting and wonder how anyone does it. Artists don't use 90 lb in watercolor.
If you have never used a block, it is very easy. It has the gummy stuff you see on tablets of paper all the way around it except for a little over an inch. You can take a sharp non serrated knife or exacto and cut carefully around to remove that page after it has completely dried. Be careful when cutting. I always am my blade slightly downward into the stack to prevent cutting the edge of my painting.
I will never purchase any other brand of watercolor paper ever again. This is THE brand.
Check around for pricing though. I've found better deals through some of the larger online art supply stores. Depending on the day.
I wouldn't recommend it for beginners, because of the cost and the fact that this paper is meant for a piece that you plan to frame upon completion. And you'll appreciate it that much more when you're ready for it...
The cold press paper is bumpy in comparison to the hot press and creates more muted tones from the paints. I like to use this for darker subject matter. It is still very easy to draw on with pencils and Micron pens. I also enjoy using water soluble sketch pencils with this paper.
This paper is definitely more expensive that the stuff I started out with on the big pad from the craft store. But it is worth the price if you are looking for professional appearance and presentation in your works. High quality paper like this is labor and time intensive. When you compare how watercolor paint looks on this paper to another brand there is HUGE difference in depth and color. It really feels like the aper does most of the work!