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Why We Love Arches Watercolour Blocks:

We love the fact that Arches Watercolour Blocks are still made the traditional way, on a cylinder mould, which gives the paper a harmonious natural grain. Thanks to this method, the fibres are evenly distributed, the paper slackens uniformly when wet. Its composition with long fibres of 100% cotton gives the paper its strength, beauty, a natural, lasting whiteness and an inimitable touch.

The History:

ARCHES® is pne of a handful of paper mills in the world to gelatin size its watercolour paper “to the core”. This preserves the lustre and transparency of the colours whilst preventing paints from penetrating the paper. It allows superposing of washes and gives it added strength to resist erasing and scratching without tearing or linting. It also allows paints to be removed, either wet or dry, easily revealing the whiteness of the paper.

The History:

Each 20-sheet Arches Watercolour Block is available in 3 textures: cold pressed, hot pressed and rough. ARCHES® Watercolour blocks are made and finished at the Arches paper mill in France. ARCHES® Watercolour is made the traditional way, on a cylinder mould, this paper has a harmonious natural grain. Thanks to this method, the fibres are evenly distributed so the paper slackens uniformly, when wet, maintaining exceptional bulk and great strength.

Comparable Products:

The Paper is sized to the core with natural gelatin, a process almost exclusive to ARCHES® (Masters Choice also uses this method in a very old paper mill in China, where paper was invented) that allows scratching and ensures the paints stay on the surface, thus preserving the lustre and transparency of the colours.

Finer Details:

For optimum conservation, ARCHES® Watercolour is treated against mould and its natural whiteness is achieved without optical brightening agents. Arches® Watercolour Blocks provide a strong stable base for painting. Arches® blocks are made up of multiple sheets of watercolour paper that are glued on all four sides, there will be no buckling and no need to stretch the paper prior to applying paint. Once you have completed your artwork, simply use a knife to easily remove the top sheet from the block without damaging the sheet below.

Arches Watercolour Blocks feature:

Long 100% Cotton Fibres

Chlorine & Acid Free

Natural gelatine sizing

Sized both internally and externally

Additional extra sizing bath makes Arches stand above others

Blocks are glued on all 4 sides

Cold Pressed & Rough


20 sheets in each block

Traditional natural white colour paper with no optical brighteners

Additional information


Medium (CP) 20 Sheets, Rough (RGH) 20 Sheets, Smooth (HP) 20 Sheets


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