Watercolour

Watercolour paper is available in loose sheets, in gummed blocks, taped pads, spiral bound books and glued down to board, and the majority are archival. Sizing is particularly important, as it allows the colours to stay on the surface as the water sinks into the paper, allowing for the brilliance of colour to show.

Watercolour paper comes in three textures: A Rough surface allows for a pattern in the finished work. Interesting effects will form with the papers unpredictability; heavier pigments will sink into the tiny crevices of the surface creating unusual effects. It is also a popular paper when a dry brush effect is desired, as the uneven surface allows for little patches of paper to show through. The Cold Pressed, or "Not" surface is possibly the most popular watercolour surface as it lies somewhere in between Rough and Smooth. Hot Pressed, or "Smooth" feels more "slippery" and is better for fine detail.

Surfaces will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.

  • 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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  • Strathmore Series 300 Watercolor Paper$5.95

    An economical, heavy-weight (300gsm) acid-free paper with a rough, non-mechanical surface that adapts beautifully to a variety of watercolor techniques. 22" x 30"

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  • Canson Montval$5.60-$9.00

    Canson Montval watercolour paper has a great erasability. The essential key for this high quality watercolour paper is this ability to easily make corrections. This paper allows corrections even using a simple brush stoke. Canson Montval was designed by the famous painter Gaspard Maillol in the early 20th century and made on a Foundrinier machine. Canson Montval is "THE" paper when it comes to watercolour, however it can also be used with other wet techniques such as gouache or acrylic. This beautiful cold pressed surface allows for multiple reliefs and effects. Delicate shade, cold pressed, snowy grain, numerous qualities make this paper a classic "Must Have" among the Canson family of products.

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  • Saunders 560 x 760$11.50-$25.90

    Professionals worldwide love this paper for its superb performance and resistance to distortion.Mouldmade of 100% cotton, Saunders Waterford is gelatin sized, and neutral pH. Each sheet has two natural deckles and two tear deckles.

    Saunders Waterford is endorsed by the prestigious Royal Watercolor Society of England.

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  • Fabriano Artistico 560 x 760 300gm Trad White HP$17.45

    A classic white paper used by artists for centuries, this natural warm white sheet is achieved without the use of optical brighteners. Papers are synthetically sized both internally and externally so that no animal by-products are used. Fabriano's Artistico papers are mould-made of 100% cotton and are acid-free/pH neutral and chlorine-free.

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  • Arches Watercolour Sheets 560 x 760$12.95-$39.95

    A unique, manual gelatine-sizing process and painstaking manufacture make Arches watercolour paper the reference paper among artists and the world leader in 100% cotton watercolour papers.

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  • Yupo Mixed Media Paper (Single Sheets)$11.95-$36.20

    This synthetic paper made of 100% polypropylene offers a unique alternative to traditional art papers. It is exceptionally strong, durable and will not buckle or tear. It is acid-free and has a smooth, bright white surface. Originally used for offset printing, it also accommodates silkscreen, embossing, pen & ink, drawing, acrylic painting and aqueous techniques. Yupo is machine-made in the USA and recyclable. As a watercolor paper, it has the advantage of being non-absorbent so colors lie on top of its surface producing brilliant, vibrant effects. Colors retain their true clarity and brilliance. Yupo requires no soaking, stretching, or taping flat. Best of all, it allows you to wipe off unwanted sections of your painting and start again with a fresh surface.

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  • 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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  • Strathmore Series 300 Watercolor Pads$18.40-$61.60

    An economical, heavy weight (300gsm), acid-free paper with a rough, non-mechanical surface that adapts beautifully to a variety of watercolor techniques. 12 sheets per pad.

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  • Arches Watercolour 300gsm Pads$31.50-$90.50

    The choice of leading watercolorists all over the world, Arches is the product of five centuries of papermaking experience. Arches watercolor papers are mouldmade in France, with 100% cotton fiber content. They are pH neutral, gelatin-sized, and air-dried. You can rely on Arches to always be consistent.

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  • Arches Watercolour 185gsm Pads$26.95-$75.50Out of Stock

    The choice of leading watercolorists all over the world, Arches is the product of five centuries of papermaking experience. Arches watercolor papers are mouldmade in France, with 100% cotton fiber content. They are pH neutral, gelatin-sized, and air-dried. You can rely on Arches to always be consistent.

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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

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