Papers: 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.

  • Fluid Watercolour Blocks NZD $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.... more »
    6 items
  • Strathmore Aquarius II NZD $13.95
    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.... more »
  • Strathmore Series 400 Watercolor Roll NZD $108.30 Out of Stock
    Cold Press, acid-free, heavyweight for finished artwork and wet media. 300gsm 42" x 10 yards (106.7cm x 9.14m)... more »
  • Daler-Rowney Aquafine Pads NZD $12.70 - $54.50
    Aquafine watercolour paper is manufactured on a Fourdrinier paper machine using 100% virgin woodpulp. It is acid-free and buffered to prevent deterioration of colour and to preserve the integrity of the paper over time. 300gsm... more »
    9 items
  • Daler-Rowney System 3 Acrylic Pads NZD $9.95 - $49.95
    System 3 acrylic pads have been developed specifically for use with acrylic colours. In addition, its remarkable irregular linen textured surface offers the ideal tooth for painting with all acrylic colours. Available in A5, A4, A3 and A2 sizes.... more »
    4 items
  • Watercolor Sheets with Deckled Edge (Packs of 5-10) NZD $16.95 - $34.00
    These papers are handmade in India from 100% recycled materials using a pollution-free process. They are 100% cotton and internally sized, with a rough surface and have a heavy deckle edge on all four sides. Packs contain 10 sheets of 300gsm paper... more »
    6 items
  • 5 x 7" Watercolor Sheets NZD $49.95
    This acid-free white watercolor paper is 100% cotton and internally sized, with a rough surface. Handmade in India from 100% recycled materials using a pollution-free process. Pack of 100 sheets... more »
  • Strathmore Gemini Series 500 Watercolor Sheets NZD $16.50
    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.... more »
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  • Skills Watercolor Pads 200 Series NZD $34.20 - $69.95
    Practice is essential for artists to learn and progress, and these pads were developed specifically for artists to practice, develop and improve their skills. They contain an economic heavy-weight, student-grade 140lb (300gsm) watercolor paper with a cold press surface. The paper provides even washes and good lifts when used with light, wet media techniques. The sheets contain 30% post-consumer fiber and are acid-free. Pad is tape-bound. 30 sheets... more »
    2 items
  • Fontaine 100% Cotton Watercolour Sheets NZD $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... more »
    3 items
  • Strathmore Series 300 Watercolor Paper NZD $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" ... more »
  • Fabriano Watercolour Roll NZD $245.00
    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... more »
  • Yupo Mixed Media Paper (Single Sheets) NZD $9.50
    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. 20 x 26" 200gsm... more »
  • Fabriano 5 NZD $5.95 - $158.95
    A prized blend of cotton (50%) and select raw materials are the main feature of this paper. Particularly recommended for artists who use watercolor, tempera, charcoal, graphite, wax, pastel, etc. Fabriano 5 also performs beautifully when used for fine art prints (lithography and silkscreen), business cards, invitations, menus and so on. Fabriano 5 has two deckled edges and a watermark that runs parallel to them. Is is acid-free to guarantee excellent permanence and resistance to ageing. 350gsm... more »
    5 items
  • Cordenons Canletto Aquarelle Sachets NZD $9.60 - $30.90
    Canaletto Aquarelle is an acid free watercolour and drawing paper. It has an excellent surface which is sympathetic to a wide range of media. The high quality composition of the paper -20% cotton, gelatin sizing and the neutral pH - provides good long-life characteristics. It is an ecomomical paper that is a pleasure to use. ... more »
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  • Strathmore Series 300 Watercolor Pads NZD $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.... more »
    3 items
  • Fabriano Artistico 300gsm Hot Press Blocks NZD $42.00 - $110.00
    Fabriano Artistico Traditional White Watercolor Blocks are glued on four sides and are perfect for Plein Air painting. They are made from 100% cotton, are double-sized and are acid-free. The traditional warm white shade is created without the use of optical brighteners.... more »
    3 items
  • Fabriano Artistico 300gsm Rough Blocks NZD $42.00 - $110.00
    Fabriano Artistico Traditional White Watercolor Blocks are glued on four sides and are perfect for Plein Air painting. They are made from 100% cotton, are double-sized and are acid-free. The traditional warm white shade is created without the use of optical brighteners.... more »
    3 items
  • Fabriano Artistico 300gsm Cold Press Blocks NZD $42.00 - $110.00
    Fabriano Artistico Traditional White Watercolor Blocks are glued on four sides and are perfect for Plein Air painting. They are made from 100% cotton, are double-sized and are acid-free. The traditional warm white shade is created without the use of optical brighteners.... more »
    3 items
  • Arches Watercolour 300gsm Pads NZD $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.... more »
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  • Arches Watercolour 185gsm Pads NZD $26.95 - $75.50
    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.... more »
    9 items
  • Art Spectrum Watercolour Pad 150 x 400 NZD $57.80
    Finest quality watercolour paper. 300gsm, 100% cotton, medium surface, mould made and acid free. Made in Australia... more »
  • Art Spectrum Watercolour Pad 230 x 310 NZD $59.40
    Finest quality watercolour paper. 300gsm, 100% cotton, medium surface, mould made and acid free. Made in Australia... more »
  • Fabriano Studio Cold Press 200gsm Pads NZD $15.80 - $37.95
    An economical, high quality watercolor pad. The paper has a cold press surface, and is acid free, made of 25% cotton and lignin-free cellulose.... more »
    4 items
  • Montval Watercolour Pads NZD $11.30 - $39.95
    Canson Montval Watercolor paper is a French-made student watercolor paper.... more »
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  • Canson Montval 550 x 750 NZD $3.80 - $6.50
    Engine-sized watercolour paper, designed at Canson at the start of the century by the painter Gaspard Maillol (nephew of sculptor Aristide Maillol). This paper has taken on some new qualities since that time. It is made without acid, has a natural whiteness, stands up to mildew, and has a very long shelf-life. Montval is suitable for all wet techniques: watercolour, wash, gouache and acrylic.... more »
    2 items
  • Saunders 560 x 760 NZD $9.50 - $20.00
    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. ... more »
    7 items
  • Fabriano Artistico 560 x 760 NZD $8.90 - $24.50
    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.... more »
    5 items
  • Arches Watercolour Sheets 560 x 760 NZD $11.20 - $33.95
    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. ... more »
    8 items
  • Fabriano Studio Torchon 300gsm 560 x 760 NZD $4.20
    This uniquely heavy but consistent rough textured paper called "Torchon" replicates a handmade paper although it is machine-made.... more »
  • Daler-Rowney Watercolour Postcards NZD $13.95
    12 A6, 300gsm, mould made postcards.... more »
  • Canson Fontenay 300gsm 560 x 760 NZD $13.95
    100% Cotton and manufactured on cylinder rolls, Fontenay joins the family of top quality watercolour papers with a major plus. It combines 2 grains in a single sheet: Recto -Rag grain, for relief effects Verson -Smooth grain for more subtle rendering.... more »
 

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