Papers

The history of paper began in Ancient Egypt approx. 3,700 BC – 3,200 BC with the use of papyrus as a medium for written records. However, papermaking has traditionally been traced to China about 105 AD, when Cai Lun, an official attached to the Imperial court during the Han Dynasty (202 BC-220 AD), created a sheet of paper using mulberry and other bast fibres along with fishnets, old rags, and hemp waste. The paper was soon widely used in China and spread to the rest of world through the Silk Road. The earliest European papers were made in Spain around 1036 AD primarily from raw materials of linen or cotton rags which gave paper the greatest strength and permanence. As the demand for paper grew, each country, throughout the years, have developed their own special papermaking skills and qualities.

Today, the characteristics sought in each paper is dictated by the particular use and the right choice of paper is imperative for the best results to be achieved.

Watercolour

  • Canson Aquarelle 500 x 700$12.60

    Aquarelle Canson is a watercolour paper produced on a cylinder-mould machine using the traditional process of papermakers. It features 60% cotton content and materials are carefully selected in order to give this paper its reputation for excellence. Acid free, without optical brighteners and alkaline buffered, this exceptional paper is designed to guarantee an excellent conservation over time. The texture is sensual to the touch and combined with its warm white colour, the paper brings contrast and perspective to your artworks. It offers a homogeneous and bright rendering of watercolours and is also easy to apply correction, whether the paper is wet or dry.

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  • Canson Heritage 560 x 760$20.50-$40.40

    L’Aquarelle Canson® Héritage is the quintessence of almost 500 years of know-how associated with all the latest technological advances in papermaking: - Strong and absorbent; 100% cotton - Mould-made for a sensual texture and strength - An innovative sizing ensures uniform washes without accumulation of pigments. Colors are bright and vivid. Allows for ultra sharp brush strokes without smudges - Easy to correct whether wet or dry - An optimized working time: The paper remains at peak saturation longer giving the artist ample time to work larger areas

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  • Fluid Watercolour Blocks$14.20-$39.20

    High Quality at an Affordable Price.
    Fluid Watercolor Paper is crafted in our European mill which produced its first paper stock in 1618. Our mill masters craft small batches at slow speeds allowing for finer control of quality. This slow approach produces a sheet of great strength that shares much of the working integrity of more expensive mould-made papers.

    EASY-BLOCK - 15 Sheets Glued on Two Edges. Paint directly on the top sheet in the block. The glue along the two long edges will hold the sheet flat as you paint. When your painting is dry, slide a dull knife or letter opener in the open side under the top sheet. Release the glue along one edge and pull your painting free.

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  • Strathmore Aquarius II$16.40

    Strathmore Aquarius II Watercolor Paper is made with an innovative combination of cotton and synthetic fibers that work beautifully with all watercolor techniques. This lightweight 216gsm sheet was created to reduce the buckling and swelling found in other sheets of the same weight. Cold Press surface. Acid-free.

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  • Strathmore Gemini Series 500 Watercolor Sheets$19.95-$39.00

    This 100% cotton, acid-free, watercolor paper has been created in the traditional old world paper making method. It is soft sized affording greater color acceptance. Professional watercolorists will appreciate the beautiful random texture, uniform absorbency and consistent quality. All sheets are 22" x 30" and deckle-edged.

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  • Fontaine 100% Cotton Watercolour Sheets$10.95

    Fruit of three centuries of experience and the development of CLAIREFONTAINE’s specific technology, this 100% pure cotton paper is one of the finest in their range.

    The purity of the water and the cotton which make up the paper pulp, the quality and uniformity of its sizing adapted to modern pigments as well as its almost hand-made manufacturing methods, have created a unique paper.

    Its absorption potential and its resistance to warping even with plenty of water, its ability to catch the pigments without dulling them while allowing for reworking makes it exceptionally easy to use. This remarkable paper will enhance the pleasure of painting and the success of your work. 300gsm

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Mixed Media

  • Canson Imagine 500 x 700 350gsm$4.50

    Canson Imagine is notable for its silky texture, in that its natural aspect is maintained, giving it an exceptional feel to the touch. Its texture, absorption capacity and weight (200 gsm) make Canson Imagine an ideal support for both dry and wet techniques, such as gouache or watercolour. Being pure white in colour, Canson Imagine gives excellent contrast and provides harmonious colours.

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  • Canson The Wall 500 x 700 220gsm$5.80

    Canson The Wall is a revolutionary paper specially designed for graffiti artists, illustrators and designers. It acts as a real wall being completely opaque, bleed-proof and double sided. It is resistant to alcohol-based markers and spray cans and it enables the artist to draw clear and precise lines with very thin felt-tip pens as well as with thick markers. Thanks to its unique innovative manufacturing process, ink will never bleed through Canson The Wall, even when it is subject to heavy and repeated use of markers. With a smooth and high white surface, the contrast of colours is enhanced and it allows its users to create large and solid tint areas with no blotching for a professional result look. Its weight (220 gsm) offers a perfect compromise between rigidity and flexibility to ensure ease of use. No waste with The Wall, it provides excellent results even when used on both sides.
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  • Arches OIl Sheets$12.50-$20.60

    This French-made, 300gsm (140 lb.) deckle-edge paper is specially formulated for oil painting. It is ready-to-use and requires no gesso or special preparation. It features a powerful and efficient oil barrier that absorbs water, solvents and binders evenly while allowing paint and pigment to remain on the surface. Less brittle than gessoed paper, it is resistant to chipping or cracking. It is easy to cut, roll, frame, store and transport.

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  • Fabriano Tela Roll 300gsm 1500 x 10M$298.90
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  • Stonehenge Rolls$395.00-$495.00

    Stonehenge is a traditional fine art paper with a smooth, flawless surface that is slightly mottled to resemble actual vellum. Use it for watercolor, printmaking, pen-and-ink, pencil, or pastel.

    Stonehenge is machine-made in the United States, from 100% cotton fibers. 50" x 10yd (1.3M x 9.1M)

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  • Yupo Translucent Pad$66.60

    11 x 14"

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Drawing/Printmaking

  • Canson 1557$2.00-$2.50

    This bright white paper was designed to accentuate contrast and allows colours to "POP". The 1557 name pays homage to the year that the Montgolfier family founded Canson. This great classic is favoured among both professional and amateur artist who appreciate its light grain. Under this paper's rather simplicity is a rather sophisticated and technical paper. The paper's grain is neither too smooth nor too prominent. which gives il a neutral and subtle surface which is ideal for sketching and drawing with dry media. Canson 1557 paper is ideal for use with all kinds of graphite for it retains pigments well and allows for unlimited shading and gradation. Canson 1557 is made with mass and surface sizing giving il a remarkably resistant quality that is resistant to repeated erasing. The Canson 1557 range is sold in sheets or in rolls, under the name of Dessin JA.
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  • Canson "C" à grain$3.60-$4.30

    Canson "C" à grain paper is ideal for drawing thanks to its fine grain, that is neither too smooth nor too prominent, allowing both effects of relief and a delicately balanced result. Manufactured using only alpha cellulose, it contains absolutely no lignin which might result in yellowing of the paper over time. This naturally white paper, with no optical brightness additives, acid-free and permanent, meets all the requirements of the ISO 9706 standard. It is stock and surface-sized, enabling it to withstand repeated erasing or scraping without flaking. An all-round paper it is suitable for all dry techniques and certain wet techniques such as ink and gouache.

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  • Canson Barbizon 500 x 700 250gsm$4.60

    Canson Barbizon is cotton-free paper made on a fourdrinier paper machine, and boasts a thick and resistant surface.Double-sided,it features one silky side (practically smooth), while the other side is slightly textured.This high-quality paper is perfectly suited for every majorPrint Making technique.Ideal for students.

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  • Arches Velin BFK Rives$16.60-$41.00

    A smooth surface and light sizing makes this paper a favorite with artists and print makersworking in practically every technique. Mold-made, 100% cotton, acid-free and buffered, the sheets have four deckled edges and a registered watermark. Excellent for all hand-printing processes, lithography, intaglio etching, wood engraving, silkscreen, linocut and collotype. They may also be used for embossing and drawing, though they are not recommended for offset printing.

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  • Canson Edition 250gsm 560 x 760$9.40Out of Stock

    Canson Edition is 100% cotton and complies with the ISO 9706 standard on permanence, a guarantee of optimal conservation. It has the advantage of having a different texture on its two sides, one smooth, the other fine grain. A versatile product, this art paper is ideal for drawing and traditional art printing techniques..

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  • Drawing Paper Sheets Series 400$2.95

    Recommended for use with crayon, pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, light washes, paints and markers, this sheet’s non-reflective and uniform surface is particularly suited to lined drawings and technical artwork. Acid-free, 19" x 24" sheets.

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Pads

  • Stonehenge Aqua Pad Black$18.50-$63.30

    Stonehenge Aqua Black watercolor paper performs to the most critical demands expected by artists. Ideal for use with metallic and pearlescent watercolor paints, pencils, pens, markers and inks. Available in 140 lb. (300gsm) cold-press 15-sheet paper pads, this paper dries flat and colors dry bright. Featuring 100% cotton fiber, this paper has a neutral pH, is acid- and lignin-free. It delivers great results whether working wet, wet on dry, blending, lifting or masking out.

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  • Strathmore Series 200 Watercolor Pads$13.40-$18.302 items

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  • Canson XL Pads$19.80-$68.70

    The Canson XL range was specifically developed to meet the needs of art students. As they use large quantities of paper, the XL range features tough pads, with as many as 120 sheets per pad, at a competitive price! XL® also provides them with an opportunity to try out different textures and basis weights according to their personal tastes and the technique involved. There are XL pads for sketching, drawing, layout and mixed techniques.

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  • Strathmore Parchment Sheets$19.95Out of Stock

    Ideal for scrapbooking, invitations, certificates and traditional calligraphic lettering applications, these parchment-toned 60 lb. sheets have a smooth surface for even, fluid ink flow. 50 sheets 8.5 x 11"

  • Strathmore Series 400 Bristol Pads$23.50-$44.20

    Bristol drawing papers with all the characteristics of a fine drawing surface in a heavier weight sheet. They come in a Regular surface ideal for a broad range of media, and a Smooth surface suited for pen or pencil. Fifteen 2-ply sheets per tape-bound pad. Acid-free.

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  • Strathmore Series 300 Bristol Pads$19.95-$67.70

    An economical paper of 2-ply bristol weight in a choice of two surfaces. Regular is designed for a broad range of dry mediums/medias including crayon, pencil, charcoal and art markers. Smooth is ideal for fine pen and ink, pencil and mechanical drawing. Twenty sheets per tape-bound pad. Acid-free.

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Rolls

  • Strathmore ArtAgain Black Paper Roll$45.95

    Series 400 Artagain Black – 60 lb., 42" x 10 yd. Roll

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  • Strathmore Series 400 Drawing Roll$52.70Out of Stock

    Acid-free, heavy weight with medium surface. For dry media. 36" x 10 yards (91.4cm x 9.14m).

  • Strathmore Series 300 Bristol Rolls$95.90

    Acid-free, heavy weight for finished artwork such as pen & ink. 270gsm 42" x 10 yards (106.7cm x 9.14m).

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  • Strathmore Series 400 Toned Rolls$45.90

    Acid-free, 30% post-consumer fiber for light and dark media. 118gsm 42" x 10 yards (106.7cm x 9.14m).

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  • Strathmore Series 400 Mixed Media Roll$98.40

    Acid-free vellum surface for wet and dry media. 300gsm 42" x 8 yards (106.7cm x 7.32m).

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  • Strathmore Series 400 Watercolor Roll$114.70

    Cold Press, acid-free, heavyweight for finished artwork and wet media. 300gsm 42" x 10 yards (106.7cm x 9.14m)

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  • Fabriano Watercolour Roll$289.00Out of Stock

    Fabriano Watercolour paper is made of a valuable mixture of lignin free cotton and cellulose. The absence of acid guarantees the inalterability over time of the paper. Produced with 100% of E.C.F. pulp (Elemental Chlorine Free), F.S.C. certified (©1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C.) from forests responsibly managed respectful of environmental, social and economic standards. It is sized internally and externally, guaranteeing optimal absorbance. The quality/price ratio of this paper guarantees an exceptional offer for students of fine arts schools and beginners. Ideal for watercolour, tempera, gouache, acrylic, ink and drawing. The surface is cold press. 300gsm 1.5 x 10mtrs

  • Fabriano Accademia Roll 120gsm$53.50

    Drawing paper made of 100% cellulose, acid-free, for sketches and proof. It has a natural grain and very good sizing, which is ideal for students as well as artists. The slightly grained surface and the good keeping of the register make it also suitable for offset printing. 1.5 x 10M

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  • Fabriano Accademia Roll 200gsm$82.40

    Drawing paper made of 100% cellulose, acid-free, for sketches and proof. It has a natural grain and very good sizing, which is ideal for students as well as artists. The slightly grained surface and the good keeping of the register make it also suitable for offset printing. 1.5 x 10M

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Tracing/Graphic

Pastel

  • UART Pastel Paper$11.80-$24.50

    UART Premium Sanded Paper is designed to provide pastel, colored pencil and charcoal artists with a consistent and reliable surface, UART Premium Sanded Pastel Paper accepts a wide variety of wet media for underpainting without compromising or damaging the tooth. You can add layer upon layer, correct and create without impairing the surface of your painting or drawing. And thanks to its unique sanded surface, you don't need to use fixatives.

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  • Colourfix Smooth 500 x 700$15.40

    Art Spectrum® Colourfix™ Smooth is a new addition to the Colourfix™ range of papers and pastels. Manufactured by screen printing Colourfix™ Smooth Primer onto European Archival 300gsm Hot Pressed watercolour paper making 340gsm pastel paper. The Colourfix™ Smooth texture is ideal for pastel artists who are looking for a not so toothy surface. The surface still has enough soft tooth to enable the pastel artist to do multiple layers of pastel. Colourfix™ Smooth is available in 20 colours. Colourfix™ Smooth is a versatile surface that can be used for pastels, oil colours, acrylics, inks, oil pastels, gouache, watercolours and dry media such as charcoal and pencils.

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  • Art Spectrum Colourfix Smooth Pads$96.60-$150.10

    Art Spectrum® Colourfix™ Smooth is a new addition to the Colourfix™ range of papers and pastels. Manufactured by screen printing Colourfix™ Smooth Primer onto European Archival 300gsm Hot Pressed watercolour paper making 340gsm pastel paper.

    The Colourfix™ Smooth texture is ideal for pastel artists who are looking for a not so toothy surface. The surface still has enough soft tooth to enable the pastel artist to do multiple layers of pastel.

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  • Pastelmat Sheets 500 x 700$18.30

    The pastel adheres so well to this new paper that you don't need to use a fixative between each layer. You are able to multiply the layers without a saturation effect. Pastelmat brings new opportunities for pastel artists, offering a coarser surface than velour but a softer surface than sand paper. Rub out or wet the paper, the Pastelmat keeps its original properties. 360gsm

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  • Colourfix A4$4.70

    Lightfast, permanent Colourfix paper is an acid-free, 300gsm (140lb.) smooth watercolour paper coated with Art Spectrum Colourfix Primer, a tooth, acrylic based primer that holds multiple layers of pastel without the need for fixative.

    Colourfix paper is tough; it can withstand scrubbing, soaking, erasure, in fact all manner of artistic 'punishment'.

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  • Canson Mi-Teintes 500 x 650$4.95-$5.50

    The most famous lightfast pastel paper in the world. In heavy weight with rough texture, these 60% cotton papers come in fifty breathtaking pulp-dyed colors that go all the way through. Acid free, they are also excellent for pencil, scrapbooking and papercraft.

    Minimum order on this paper is five assorted sheets

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