Arches is made the traditional way, on a cylinder mold, and this watercolor paper has been the benchmark and standard that all other watercolor papers rival.
Its composition with long fibers of 100% cotton gives the paper its strength, beauty, a natural, lasting whiteness and an inimitable touch. The fibers are evenly distributed, so the paper slackens uniformly when wet. Arches is the only paper mill in the world to gelatin size its watercolor paper “to the core”. This preserves the luster and transparency of the colors, while preventing paints from penetrating the paper. It gives added strength to resist erasing and scratching without tearing or linting; it will take an enormous amount of surface abuse. Arches also allows paints to be removed, either wet or dry, easily revealing the whiteness of the paper.
22" x 30" Natural White sheets
Watercolor paper surface types: (cold press shown in main image)