Arches Watercolour Paper Rolls 300gsm (1,13 x 9,14m) – Arches

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R3 750.00

ARCHES® is made the traditional way on a cylinder mould which gives this unique paper 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.

  • 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 per 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


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.

The Not stands for “Not Hot pressed”

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


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Interesting background

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).

Brilliant Gouache Painting with Winsor & Newton

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


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1 review for Arches Watercolour Paper Rolls 300gsm (1,13 x 9,14m) – Arches

  1. 5.00 out of 5


    Besides being an aquarelle paper the ARCHES 300gsm Hot Pressed is the paper of choice for SA’s top graphite artists like Jono Dry and Ruan Huisamen. It surely is my top choice too!

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