Arches watercolor paper is renowned among fine art media for its exceptional quality and longevity. Constructed with 100% cotton fibers, this acid-free paper resists yellowing and fading, effectively preserving the artist’s work for many years. Its unique weight and texture offers the artist an ideal surface to apply watercolor paints, allowing colours to blend harmoniously with one another to create a stunning visual effect.
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Arches Watercolor Paper – A Legacy of Quality
Whether you're looking to add to your personal collection or find a gift for a loved one, we have something for you. Browse through our Arches watercolour paper selection and witness its elegance and beauty for yourself.
Arches watercolor paper has a long and storied history that spans hundreds of years. In 1492, the first paper mill in the Arches valley of France was established by the Guérard family, who utilized local fibers such as linen and hemp to make their creations. It wasn't until the end of the 18th century that the high-quality 100% cotton watercolor paper we know and love today began being produced.
In 1820, the Blaise brothers took ownership of the mill, introducing a new process: cylinder-mould papermaking. This allowed for the production of larger sheets of paper compared to the traditional mould-made paper technique it replaced. By using 100% cotton fibers instead of other available materials, these papers achieved a competitive edge with their unparalleled combination of strength and absorbency, qualities watercolor artists immediately embraced. Through this new process and material choice, watercolor artworks had found the perfect canvas on which to thrive.
In the early 20th century, the Arches paper gained fame thanks to its acquisition by a group of French papermakers. Renowned for its quality and attention to detail, it soon became one of the most sought-after watercolor papers in the world. The success continued as many established and respected artists like Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, and Edgar Degas started working with Arches watercolor.
Today, over 100 years later, the mill continues to produce this paper in a range of weights and textures, making it an ideal option for watercolor painting and all manner of other artistic techniques. With the guarantee of quality that Arches paper offers, it is no wonder why it remains one of the most popular choices for watercolorists around the world.
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