XL Watercolor Pads | 300gsm – Canson


Canson® XL® Watercolor features a cold press textured paper that works beautifully for a variety of techniques at a great value.

The durable surface is resistant to repeated washes, erasing and scraping.

Weight or thickness


Colours and textures

Natural White

Recommended techniques

Watercolour, acrylic, pen & ink, marker, coloured pencil, pencil, charcoal, pastel




  • A4 (29,7 x 21 cm)
  • A3 (42 x 29,7 cm)


Standard & Longevity guarantee


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”


Choose your product variations

SizeImagePriceQuantityStockAdd to Cart
A4 (29.7 x 21cm)Canson-XL-Aquarelle-Watercolor-PadsR189.00
In Stock
A3 (42 x 29.7cm)Canson-XL-Aquarelle-Watercolor-PadsR349.00
3 in Stock

Canson XL watercolour paper is a good value for money 300gsm student grade watercolour paper.

Even though it’s labelled as cold press, the texture is more like fine grain cartridge paper, it is not as smooth as hot press. Besides the traditional cold press texture, XL Watercolour offers flexibility with a smooth side on the back for drawing.

This paper is great for watercolour pencils because of the texture.  A water bottle sprayer can be used to activate watercolour pencils, and this paper is great for that — heavy enough to take a fairly heavy spray of water.



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




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