Arches began manufacture in 1492. Much about its beginnings is unknown, but its high reputation throughout the world is partly thanks to the fact that it was Arches paper that was used for Durers Chronicle of Gutenberg in 1500.
Artist Water Colour Paper is sold as pads, blocks, single full sheets or in packs of full sheets. We offer a free cutting service should you require your sheets of paper cut into half (22in x 15in) or quarters (15in x 11in). Please state clearly when ordering. eg. Arches Aquarelle 140lb Not, pack of five, please quote PPA140N- Pack of 5 Cut in half. All paper is flat packed and guaranteed to arrive in perfect condition. Available in three surfaces HP, Not and Rough. HP or Hot Press paper is the smoothest and its name derives from its manufacture, pressed between sheets of hot metal. Not is a medium textured paper and is so named because it is not hot pressed. Rough is textured paper that is usually dried between sheets of rough felt.
What the makers say ....
The Moulins d’Arches turned to the production of high quality paper for the period's most famous writings and most beautiful art publications. The mill thus printed incunabula (the name given to the first printed books) such as the "Chronique de Gutenberg" by Dürer. Also printed on Arches® paper was the "Description of Egypt" commissioned by Napoleon I upon his return from his Egyptian campaign; the work was used by the royalty from 1809 to 1828.
Arches watercolor paper is a 100% cotton paper. Arches Watercolor Paper is a professional grade watercolor paper of the highest quality. Manufactured in the same French mill since 1492, Arches watercolor papers are produced on a cylinder mould with pure French stream water. Made with natural gelatin sizing; naturally white containing no optical brightners offers optimal longevity. Each sheet of Arches watercolor paper is hand inspected to ensure consistency and durability. Arches is strong enough to handle multiple washes of color, masking fluid, scrubbing and artist tape without damage to the surface. Each sheet is permeated with sizing to give each fiber a consistent feel and absorbency. It is an ideal paper for watercolor and other wet media, and can also be used for drawing and printmaking.