Category: Paper

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Magnani Acquarello

Magnani paper mill is one of Europe’s oldest, it was founded in 1404. It is located in Italy, between Pisa and Florence, in a small village called Pescia. It is a paper mill with…

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L’Aquarelle Canson Heritage

Canson Heritage is a relatively new watercolor paper from Canson, a French paper manufacturer with 16th century traditions. Canson Heritage is their first watercolor paper of real top quality. Once upon a time, Canson…

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Bockingford

Bockingford from St Cuthbert’s Mill is a relatively inexpensive alternative to the more expensive cotton paper. It is made of cellulose (wood) and is therefore not as durable as a cotton paper. Even if…

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Paper problem

All really good watercolor paper has a sizing, it is this glue on the surface of the paper that enables an absorbent watercolor paper, a paper with sizing needs less glue in the pulp…

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Blocks or sheets

I understand why so many, especially amateurs, choose to paint on a piece of paper in a block rather than paint on a stretched sheet of paper. It can be difficult to stretch a…

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Stretching Watercolour Paper – how-to

Stretching a paper means taking advantage of the fact that a wet paper is larger than a dry one. When you wet a paper, it swells, a large sheet can be several centimeters larger…

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Gummed Paper Tape

The gummed paper tape is needed when stretching watercolor paper and when framing. The tape is made of paper and has a gummed surface, which means that you must use water to make it…

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Water, paper and sizing

Ever heard of a watercolor paper surface gluing? No! Then you should read this. All paper has glue in the pulp, otherwise the paper would not stick together. Some papers have only a little…