The Arches Watercolor blocks come in a variety of sizes, surfaces textures, and weights. Get right to work on the absolute best there is. The convenience of working on a block eliminates the need for stretching. The Arches blocks are not only for painting, but also work well for drawing as it provides a sturdy support surface to work on. The Arches block is glued on all 4 sides. The beauty and quality of Arches watercolor papers make them suitable for watercolors, gouache, acrylics, oil and ink. For more than five centuries, artists around the world have depended upon Arches for optimum quality papers, worthy of their finest work. Its whiteness is natural, obtained without optical brighteners. Sizing is important to watercolor paper. It helps the paper accept washes, scratching and erasing without affecting the actual fibers and strength of the paper. Arches is sized with natural gelatin and made in France since 1492.
Cold Press Watercolor – Has a light texture and is the most common texture, It reflects light well, retaining the transparent quality of watercolors. A light grain makes it easier to achieve certain details.
Hot Press Watercolor – Is used for portraits. Discreet and reserved, it focuses attention on the subject of the work, emphasizing the drawing. However with such a subtle medium a certain degree of technical mastery is essential.
Rough Watercolor – Has an effect close to that of handmade paper. This rough grain paper helps to achieve valuable effects of texture.
Advantages: 100 percent cotton and natural gelatin sizing, Mould made, Professional archival quality, Excellent strength and durability, Contains an anti-microbial agent to help resist mildew, Acid free and buffered.
Available – 140 lb contain 20 sheets per block, 300 lb contain 10 sheets per block.