ARCHES® Watercolour

The exception

ARCHES® is the only paper mill in the world to gelatin size its watercolour paper "to the core".

The most demanding requirements

The sizing technique requires meticulous care, and constant, specific controls to ensure we offer artists an irreproachable paper.

Watercolours inspire you

The qualities you are looking for:

  • Absorb plenty of water without causing the colours to bleed
  • A limited deformation of the paper when wet
  • Allow scratching and retouching
  • Allow superposing of washes and successive corrections
  • Prevent paints penetrating into the core of the paper
  • Give colours lustre and transparency
  • Have a natural, lasting whiteness
  • Perfect conservation and inalterability over time

Your requirements met: ARCHES® Watercolour

Made the traditional way, on a cylinder mould, made from 100% cotton fibres, ARCHES® Watercolour has a harmonious natural grain, exceptional bulk and great strength. It is sized to the core with natural gelatin, a process exclusive to ARCHES® that allows scratching and ensures the paints stay on the surface, thus preserving the lustre and transparency of the colours. For optimum conservation, ARCHES® Watercolour is treated against mould and its whiteness is achieved without optical brightening agents.