Cold Press Watercolor Block
Arches Watercolor Blocks contain natural white, mouldmade watercolor paper that is cut and tape bound in convenient blocks. Sheets are 140 lb (300 gsm) weight, with 20 sheets per block.
Arches watercolor papers are mouldmade in France, with 100% cotton fiber content. They are acid-free, pH-neutral, gelatin-sized, and air-dried. You can rely on Arches to always be consistent.
Cold press paper has a gritty, textured surface with a stiff body. Whereas hot press is smoother with a flexible page.
Arches has a long, proud history. Like any business that has survived centuries there were great successes and moments of near collapse. The paper mill was built in the village of Arches in Northeastern France in 1492. One year later, paper from the mill was used in the Nuremberg Chronicle with illustrations by Durer. In the 1830’s when sizing with rosin became popular, Arches continued using gelatin sizing. This decision further isolated Arches from competition. Renowned for clear color, transparent layers, and low page deformation. It’s prized so highly for conservation that in 1990, the spaceship, Discovery, sent 250 works on Arches paper into space for the future.