Whether it is artists like Van Gogh, Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, Braque, Miro, Dali, Lichtenstein, Buffet, Warhol, Alechinsky… or men of letters like Beaumarchais or even Napoleon I, many of those who have distinguished themselves in artistic and literary pursuits over the last five centuries have used ARCHES® papers.
Made the traditional way, on a cylinder mould, this paper has 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 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.
- Composition: 100% cotton – Made on a cylinder mould – Sized to the core with natural gelatin
- Grammages: 300 gsm
- Paper size: 113 cm x 9.14 m
- Textures: rough, cold press and hot press
- Colour: natural
- Watermark (sheet): “Arches® France ∞”
- Format: roll
- Conservation: with alkaline reserve, acid-free, no optical brightening agents (permanent in accordance with ISO 9706), fungicidal treatment to prevent the appearance of mould
- Uses: ideal for watercolour painting, as for all wet techniques such as ink, gouache and acrylic
1492, a historic year, memorable for two special events: the discovery of America by Christopher Colombus and the founding of the ARCHES® paper mill, which 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.
The paper mill at Arches provided the paper for the famous Nüremberg Chronicle, an incunable illustrated by Dürer and published in 1493, in the earliest days of printing.
ARCHES® specialised in making paper for banknotes, safety papers and commercial handmade papers (papers for luxury publishing, intaglio engraving, writing papers and correspondence cards, papers for line drawing and wash techniques, special papers such as the paper for geographical maps). 90% of luxury limited edition publications were produced with ARCHES® paper.
ARCHES® perfected the extra-long conservation of its papers. This led to 250 works printed on Velin d’ARCHES® with intaglio engravings being sent into space on board the American shuttle Discovery, a bequest to eternity (1990).