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Water Colour Paper Loose Sheets and Rolls

The chart below lists available loose watercolour paper sheets at Jackson’s Art Supplies.  The choice is ever growing, but the quality is always the highest possible.  Artists inspired by watercolour are of all levels of ability, from absolute beginners to painters who use the medium to capture ideas or quick landscape sketches prior to larger work in oil or acrylic, to professional watercolour painters who use watercolour as their main medium.  Don’t be fooled into thinking that watercolour painting is purely for those who want to paint gentle and watery landscapes – watercolour painting can possess colours as strong and be as expressive and as dynamic as acrylic or oil.  The right paper for your intentions is therefore vital in achieving the final results you are looking for in your work.  The chart lists the choices available in order of weight.  Paper under 200lb in weight is almost certainly too thin to paint on to straight away without it buckling (also known as cockling) and to prevent this happening, artists tend to stretch paper on to a board (either using a specially designed paper stretcher or by using gumstrip to fix the paper to a board.  The paper may sag or become ‘baggy’ when saturated with water, but once it dries again the paper will shrink so it is flat against the backing board. If you are going to apply heavy washes of very liquid watercolour on heavier weights of paper you may feel more confident about it not buckling if you were to stretch it, however work with less water in it is less likely to cause the paper to cockle. 

 

As discussed in other watercolour paper pages on our website, watercolour paper prices do vary quite extensively, and the main reason for this is the make-up of the paper. The strongest, most durable and most stable watercolour papers are made of 100% cotton.  Cotton has the longest fibres, and it is elastic in comparison to cheaper wood fibres.  The very best watercolour papers are made of 100% acid free cotton.  Eco papers such as Khadi and Jackson’s Eco paper use the cotton of old rags, so is environmentally friendly too!  Handmade papers such as these tend to have a slightly coarser texture than other papers – this will have a strong impact on the look of your work and it is best used by painters who are interested in textures in their work.  For very heavy weight paper the Jackson’s Eco paper is a very good buy as it is such a good price, and would also be a great surface for oil or acrylic painting if primed or sized prior to painting.  The most popular professional standard 100% cotton papers include Fabriano Artistico, Arches Aquarelle, Saunders Waterford and Jackson’s Two Rivers Paper.  These are all available in 3 surfaces – hot press (the smoothest, no tooth), not surface (a slight tooth) and rough surface (the heaviest tooth).  The natural colour of these papers is a creamy shade, but recently paper manufacturers Saunders Waterford and Fabriano Artistico have found a way of whitening their papers with a little bleach.  The result is a significantly paler paper alternative in both ranges. However do note that while the high white/extra white ranges are lighter in colour, they are not as white as standard copy paper as it would compromise the stability of the paper if it was bleached to such an extent. However the paper is a treat to use by any painter who strives for luminosity in their work, as the lighter the paper you apply your transparent colour to, the brighter the appearance of the colour itself.

 

 

Students or those on a tighter budget may want to paint on paper that is a little more affordable.  We have several solutions! In addition to Jackson’s papers, which succeed in offering high quality and low price, we also have lower cost papers such as Bockingford, Fabriano Pittura and Fabriano 5. Although these papers are not 100% cotton they are all a good mix with 100% acid free cellulose fibres.  These offer a perfectly adequate painting surface for painters of all abilities, but you may find the paper does not withstand the same amount of scrubbing that a 100% cotton paper might.

 

Brand Weight Surfaces Sizes Content Other Notes
Bockingford 90lb Not Full Imperial 100% woodfree bleached chemical pulp A paler version of the Saunders Waterford range, but by no means is it a bright white.  The paper has been bleached as much as is possible without compromising the stability or structure of the paper.
Khadi Paper 120lb Rough 20cmx20cm, 30cm x 30cm, A6, A5, A4 and A3 100% cotton  
Fabriano Watercolour Paper 130lb Not 11" x 15", 19" x 27", 5 x 33ft roll 100% Elemental Chlorine Free Pulp  
Arches Aquarelle 140lb Hot Press, Not and Rough full imperial (22" x 30") and rolls (3.75 x 30 ft) 100% cotton  
Arches Huile 140lb Not surface only Full Imperial 100% cotton This paper is specially sized for use with oil colour
Bockingford 140lb Hot Press, Not and Rough Full Imperial (22" x 30"), half imperial and quarter imperial (half and quarter only available in special pre cut packs only), plus 5 x  33ft rolls 100% woodfree bleached chemical pulp  
Fabriano 5 140lb Hot Press and Not 19"x 27" 100% Elemental Chlorine Free Pulp  
Fabriano Artistico  140lb Hot Press, Not and Rough 22" x 30" and 4.5. x 33ft 100% cotton  
Fabriano Artistico Extra White 140lb Hot Press, Not and Rough 22" x 30" 100% cotton A paler version of the Fabriano Artistico paper, which has been bleached as far as is possible without compromising the structure or stability of the paper. Favoured by artists who strive for luminosity in their work.
Jackson's Handmade Eco Paper 140lb Extra Rough, Medium/Rough, Smooth/Medium 22" x 30", 22" x 15", 15" x 11" 100% cotton  
Jackson's Two Rivers Handmade Paper 140lb Not 16" x 20", 22" x 30" 100% cotton  
Millford 140lb Not 22" x 30" 100% cotton  
Saunders Waterford 140lb Hot Press, Not and Rough 22" x 30" and 5 x 33ft rolls 100% cotton  
Saunders Waterford High White 140lb Hot Press, Not and Rough 22" x 30" 100% cotton A paler version of the Saunders Waterford range, but by no means is it a bright white.  The paper has been bleached as much as is possible without compromising the stability or structure of the paper.
Fabriano Pittura 190lb Not 19" x 27" 100% acid free cellulose pulp  
Bockingford 200lb Not and Rough Full Imperial (22" x 30") 100% woodfree bleached chemical pulp  
Jackson's Handmade Eco Paper 200lb Extra Rough, Medium/Rough, Smooth/Medium 22" x 30", 22" x 15", 15" x 11" 100% cotton  
Jackson's Two Rivers Handmade Paper 200lb Not 16" x 20", 22" x 30" 100% cotton  
Saunders Waterford 200lb Hot Press, Not and Rough 22" x 30" 100% cotton  
Saunders Waterford High White 200lb Hot Press, Not and Rough 22" x 30" 100% cotton A paler version of the Saunders Waterford range, but by no means is it a bright white.  The paper has been bleached as much as is possible without compromising the stability or structure of the paper.
Bockingford  250lb Not Full Imperial (22" x 30") 100% woodfree bleached chemical pulp  
Arches Aquarelle 300lb Hot Press, Not and Rough full imperial (22" x 30")  100% cotton  
Fabriano Artistico  300lb Hot Press, Not and Rough 22" x 30" 100% cotton  
Fabriano Artistico Extra White 300lb Hot Press and Not 22" x 30" 100% cotton A paler version of the Fabriano Artistico range, but by no means is it a bright white.  The paper has been bleached as much as is possible without compromising the stability or structure of the paper.
Jackson's Two Rivers Handmade Paper 300lb Not 16" x 20", 22" x 30" 100% cotton Available in a number of different value packs ensuring good value for money.
Saunders Waterford 300lb Hot Press, Not and Rough 22" x 30" 100% cotton  
Arches Aquarelle 400lb Not and Rough full imperial (22" x 30") 100% cotton  
Jackson's Handmade Eco Paper 560lb Extra Rough and Medium 22" x 30", 22" x 15", 15" x 11" 100% cotton  

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Arches Aquarelle 100% Cotton Paper Sheets and Rolls
Arches Aquarelle 100% Cotton Paper Sheets and Rolls
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Bockingford Sheets
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Canson Moulin du Roy Watercolour Paper Loose Sheets
Canson Moulin du Roy Watercolour Paper Loose Sheets
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Fabriano 190lb Not Pittura Woodfree Paper
Fabriano 190lb Not Pittura Woodfree Paper
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Fabriano 190lb Not Pittura Woodfree Watercolour Paper
Fabriano 190lb Not Pittura Woodfree Watercolour Paper
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Fabriano 5 140lb 22 x 30 full imperial sheets
Fabriano 5 140lb 22 x 30 full imperial sheets
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Fabriano Artistico Watercolour Paper
Fabriano Artistico Watercolour Paper
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Fabriano Watercolour 130lb Woodfree Paper
Fabriano Watercolour 130lb Woodfree Paper
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Jacksons Handmade Eco Paper Sheets
Jacksons Handmade Eco Paper Sheets
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Jacksons TR Handmade 100% Cotton
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Khadi Handmade White Rag Paper
Khadi Handmade White Rag Paper
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Khadi Paper 100% Cotton Loose sheet packs
Khadi Paper 100% Cotton Loose sheet packs
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Millford Watercolour Paper
Millford Watercolour Paper
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Saunders Waterford Watercolour Paper Sheets
Saunders Waterford Watercolour Paper Sheets
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Strathmore 500 Series Gemini Watercolor Paper
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