Aquarelle Watercolour Blocks | 100% Cotton – Arches

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  • The composition is 100% cotton, made on a cylinder mould.
  • The paper is sized to the core with natural gelatin.
  • No optical brightening agents were added and it contains an alkaline reserve. This quality paper is acid-free and has been treated with a fungicidal treatment to prevent the appearance of mould.  If handled with respect, your art will last several lifetimes or as long as the Arches brand has been producing a fine quality paper.
  • The 300gsm paper comes in a natural white colour with a fine grain surface texture.
  • It is ideal for watercolour painting, as well as techniques such as ink, gouache and acrylic, but also versatile enough to be used for sketching, calligraphy, printmaking and even digital printing.
  • Each block contains 20 sheets (paper glued on four sides).
  • Sizes available are:
    • 18 x 26 cm
    • 26 x 36 cm
    • 31 x 41 cm
    • 36 x 51 cm
    • 46 x 61 cm
  • Available in:
    • Rough (Orange cover)
    • Cold Press (Green cover)
    • Hot Press (Pink cover)


Understanding the 3 surfaces or textures of watercolour paper

Rough – A pronounced, varied texture, great for a textured loose feel.

Cold-pressed (NOT) – It’s the paper texture in-between rough and hot-pressed paper, having a slightly textured surface this paper is sometimes called NOT.

Hot-pressed (HP) – Watercolour paper with a very smooth surface and almost no tooth. Good for painting detailed paintings and creating very smooth washes.

The Not stands for “Not Hot pressed”

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18 x 26cmRoughArches-Watercolour-Rough-Block-18x26cmR445.00
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18 x 26cmCold PressedArches-Watercolour-Cold-pressed-Block-18x26cmR445.00
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18 x 26cmHot PressedArches-Watercolour-Hot-pressed-Block-18x26cmR445.00
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26 x 36cmRoughArches-Watercolour-Rough-Block-26x36cmR775.00
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26 x 36cmCold PressedArches-Watercolour-Cold-pressed-Block-26x36cmR775.00
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26 x 36cmHot PressedArches-Watercolour-Hot-pressed-Block-26x36cmR775.00
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31 x 41cmRoughArches-Watercolour-Rough-Block-31x41cm-newR985.00
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31 x 41cmCold PressedArches-Watercolour-Coldpress-Block-31x41cm-newR985.00
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31 x 41cmHot PressedR985.00
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36 x 51cmRoughArches-Watercolour-Rough-Block-36x51cmR1 399.00 R999.00
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36 x 51cmCold PressedArches-Watercolour-Cold-pressed-Block-36x51cmR1 399.00
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36 x 51cmHot PressedArches-Watercolour-Hot-pressed-Block-36x51cmR1 399.00
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46 x 61cmRoughArches-Watercolour-Rough-Block-46x61cmR2 150.00 R1 699.00
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46 x 61cmCold PressedArches-Watercolour-Cold-pressed-Block-46x61cmR2 150.00
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46 x 61cmHot PressedArches-Watercolour-Hot-pressed-Block-46x61cmR2 150.00
7 in Stock

The ARCHES®paper mill was founded in 1492, the same year Christopher Colombus reached America.  Arches paper has endured through the centuries, to the pleasure and satisfaction of numerous renowned artists, art publishers and printers, who have remained attached to its outstanding qualities.

Made the traditional way, on a cylinder mould, this paper has a harmonious natural grain. Thanks to this method, the fibres are evenly distributed and 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 the only paper mill 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. ARCHES®Watercolour paper can absorb a large amount of water with limited deformation. Its special composition and the treatment of the paper ensures its longevity and is also the reason why the infinity ∞ sign has been included in the  ARCHES®  watermark.


Whether it is artists like Van Gogh, Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, Braque, Miro, Dali, Lichtenstein, Buffet, or Warhol, many of those who have distinguished themselves in artistic pursuits over the last five centuries have used and trusted ARCHES®papers.


Interesting fact: The Arches paper mill provided the means for producing incunabula (books of that age), such as Dürer’s “Chronicle of Gutenberg” in 1500.

Brilliant Gouache Painting with Winsor & Newton

Hot Press, Cold Press or Rough – decisions… decisions.


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  1. Amandah

    5.00 out of 5
    Aquarelle Watercolour Blocks – Arches- My favourite!


    I’ve only experimented with the hot press paper and I love the way a can scrub on the paper with my brush – softly to move my paint. At the moment my favourite paper!

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