New Arches paper for Oil allows you to paint on paper without priming it first. It is available in sheets, pads, or on a roll.
We have tried it and it’s really nice!
The new Arches Huile paper looks and feels like traditional Arches Aquarelle paper but has a high-tech oil barrier that allows you to paint with oil colour and solvents. The solvents absorb evenly while allowing the paint to sit on the surface. Arches Oil Paper has a tough surface that can take scrubbing with stiff bristle brushes, as well as lifting out highlights with solvents and a rag.
This paper is ready to use without preparation, can be cut or torn to size and is flexible like watercolour paper so can be rolled when the painting is dry. It is a lightweight alternative to a canvas surface and is great for oil sketches.
*100% rag (cotton)
*Neutral pH, acid free
*4 deckle edges
*Imperial size 22×30 inches (76x56cm)
*Not surface texture (cold pressed)
*Safe to use with oil colour without priming the paper
*Can be used safely with acrylic and watercolour paint as well.
What happens if you use oil paint on unprimed regular paper:
1. Oil oxidises the paper and will cause it to deteriorate over time- it is a conservation issue.
2. Oil soaks in and leaves a ring of ugly oil around the paint, like crisps do on a napkin. (painters who like their oil paint dry will sometimes squeeze paint out onto a kitchen roll (paper towel) and leave it to soak off some of the oil)
3. It soaks deeply in the paper fibres and becomes dull as much of the oil and colour is now under the surface.
4. Oil soaked off can leave the pigment under-bound so it may flake off later.
So- you can prime regular paper (on both sides so that it lies flat again, after curling with the damp) 2 or 3 coats. Or you can use this lovely new Arches for Oil paper!
Click on the links or images above to go to the paper on the Jackson’s website.