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Original price was: $81.40 – $338.58.Current price is: $50.15 – $278.80.

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Arches Rough Watercolour Blocks are glued on all four sides to prevent the need for the paper to be stretched. The perfect travel companion for the artist or student. Made the traditional way on a cylinder mould, this paper has a harmonious natural grain with evenly distributed fibres, resulting in a stable paper. Made of long 100% cotton fibres, it can absorb a lot of water without warping or causing the colours to bleed. In a technique exclusive to Arches Watercolour paper it is sized to the core with natural gelatin, which means it can be scratched without tearing or linting. This also preserves the lustre and transparency of the colours whilst preventing paints penetrating the thickness of the paper. It is truly a unique watercolour paper that is very forgiving, allowing the superimposing of washes and successive corrections, scratching and retouching.We love the fact that Arches Rough 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.

Arches is one of a handful of paper mills in the world to gelatin size its watercolour papers 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.

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.

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.

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.


At The PaintBox, the Adelaide Hills Art Supplies shop, Arches Watercolour Paper is sold as pads, blocks, single full sheets or in packs of full sheets. All paper is flat packed and guaranteed to arrive in perfect condition. Available in a range of textures and surfaces including three surfaces HP, Not and Rough. Check the artists notes in the section below for more information.   

Arches Watercolour Blocks are available in-store and online at The Paintbox, home of the widest range of traditional and progressive Art Supplies in Adelaide.  At The PaintBox we source and stock quality art supplies which we import directly. This means that you have access to a greater variety and pay less. These are perfect for any artists from amateur to professional. It is also perfect for any budget size. Check out our loyalty rewards programme, which makes your artistic ambitions achievable. At these prices why not give these a go. Be sure to check out our other fabulous finds on our website and start saving today. Our knowledgeable staff at The PaintBox can guide you through our carefully selected ranges of art supplies for all applications. This is only a small selection of our stock. We sell many brands, weights, and textures, in-store only. Please call 08 8388 7776 to enquire. We offer art tuition too!


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