Arches Aquarelle Watercolour Block 300gsm Rough

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Size Code Unit Price Availability
23 x 31cm 000505 RRP: £47.90 £35.50
£1.85 per sheet
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26 x 36cm 000508 RRP: £55.45 £39.95
£1.85 per sheet
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31 x 41cm 000511 RRP: £64.45 £49.95
£2.83 per sheet
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36 x 51cm 000514 RRP: £87.50 £64.00
£3.59 per sheet
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46 x 61cm 000517 RRP: £129.00 £95.00
£4.68 per sheet
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18 x 26cm 000502 RRP: £37.50 £29.95
£1.50 per sheet
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Description

Arches Aquarelle watercolour blocks are made on a cylinder mould, which offers a quality close to papers made by craftmenship methods. The slow turning of the cylinder enables the fibres to be deposited evenly and spread in all directions over the wire.

The fibres are distributed evenly, the paper slackens uniformly when wet, giving the artist more control. Only papermaking on a cylinder
mould can produce paper with deckle edges. This process can produce papers with a high grammage and exceptional resistance to scratching and erasing.

The Arches blocks are available in 3 textures:
*cold press: paper with a natural, harmonious grain, suited to the majority of techniques or subjects. It reflects the light and gives the pigments a sublimely
transparent effect.
*hot press: this paper undergoes an extra finishing process, passing through
a press to obtain a very smooth surface. The grain is imperceptible and absorbs the colours more quickly. It is suitable for detailed work and drawing very fine lines.
*rough: this is the paper with the most relief. This texture brings out the colours and gives volume.

  • Quality/Recommended: Recommended for professional artists.
  • Weight: 300gsm
  • Acid free: Yes
  • Made from: 100% cotton
  • Colour: Natural White
  • Ideal for: Ideal for watercolour painting, as for all wet techniques such as ink, gouache and acrylic.
  • Texture: Rough
  • Brand: Arches
  • Format (cm): 18 x 26 cm, 23 x 31cm, 26 x 36 cm, 31 x 41 cm, 36 x 51 cm, 46 x 61 cm
  • Format (inches): 7 x 10.2 inches (approx.), 9 x 12.2 inches (approx.), 10.2 x 14.1 inches (approx.), 12.2 x 16.1 inches (approx.), 14.1 x 20 inches (approx.), 18.1 x 24 inches (approx.)
  • Sizing: Sized to the core with natural gelatin: a process exclusive to Arches, who is the only paper mill in the world to gelatin size its watercolour paper to the core. Even if it is soaked for a long time, the paper will still retain enough gelatin not to become too absorbent.
  • Mould made: Made using a cylinder mould. A
    traditional process which produces very high quality papers similar to handmade paper. Arches has been using this method to make
    paper since 1895.
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Q&A (1)
Q How many sheets are there in these pads? Are they on sale at the Charing Cross Rd store? Do they come in single sheets? I'm assuming this paper is suitable for pastels - as I can't find any paper on your site specificially for pastels. It needs to have enough tooth. Many thanks Diana
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Each of the Arches 300gsm blocks contains 20 sheets. All of the sizes except the 46 x 61 are stocked by our Charing Cross shop and will be the same price as online. As these are a block and gummed round all edges, they are ideal for watercolour as the paper does not require stretching, although it could also be used for pastels. We do also stock single larger sheets, which are available singually in our shops and in packs of 10 online. 

More specific pastel papers can be found in Paper Section of the website and which includes the Daler Rowney Ingres Pastel Pads which have excellent tooth for using with pastels.   

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7th September 2021 Reviewed by Steven Foster Expensive experience but worth it.

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5th May 2021 Reviewed by Dave Rees As before all good

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29th April 2021 Reviewed by Kim Acres brilliant for watercolour or drawing if you want a textured finish.I would recommend this paper to any artist who wants a special finish for a piece of work. The quality of the paper is really good and great to use from block.

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24th March 2021 Reviewed by Dawn Goodson The Arches Aquarelle Watercolour Block was just what I needed. Many thanks for the prompt delivery.

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17th March 2021 Reviewed by Hi Williams The paper is a good all-rounder and it is easy to remove mistakes . It is my paper of choice for landscapes and flowers trees , dry brushing..

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19th February 2021 Reviewed by JOSE ROLANDO ALVAREZ To create watercolour paints, I think everyone could use this product becuase its quality is excellent

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16th February 2021 Reviewed by Ronald Fowler Water colour illustration
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Possibly the best quality water colour paper on the market

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9th December 2020 Reviewed by Lorna Mess I purchased for
My Artist daughter who is at uni
she likes watercolour block paper

the quality of the paper is excellent

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21st November 2020 Reviewed by Andrew Paraskos Great product

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29th August 2020 Reviewed by Erotocritod Tombros Excellent.

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1st August 2020 Reviewed by SallyAnne Hutchison Nicely textured and good quality paper for professional use

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2nd July 2020 Reviewed by LINDA GILBERT great quality and makes watercolour painting easier than when using cheaper paper - even for a beginner

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26th June 2020 Reviewed by Clare Townsend High quality product which I have used before for my calligraphic work

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19th May 2020 Reviewed by Helen Copper Best rough watercolour paper

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13th May 2020 Reviewed by Chris McGuire Perfect for painting tattoo flash! Recommend to anyone looking for a beautifully textured water colour paper. The best there is!

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25th April 2020 Reviewed by Jeanne Strang At the painting group I belong to. I have been using it for up to 20 years.

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15th April 2020 Reviewed by Daphne Kilner I paint on it! I had not tried this paper before but found it great. Whatever your watercolour skills, this paper makes the paintings look better.

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2nd April 2020 Reviewed by David Carhart Fantastic service and product

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4th March 2020 Reviewed by HECTOR GOLDENBERG Traditional watercolor use.
Very good quality product.
Recommended to artists who can
afford it. ( very expensive !! )

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10th January 2020 Reviewed by Lok-Yin Drever The best for watercolour. Needs the best brush you have to keep up.

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13th November 2019 Reviewed by Trevor Venis I am told its the best, we shall see

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12th November 2019 Reviewed by Dmitri Miletskii great, as expected

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25th April 2019 Reviewed by Martin Shough Lovely paper. The block is perfect for anyone not wanting to stretch because of limited space or time or painting outdoors on the move. Takes low-tack masking tape and fluid well despite rougher surface.

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2nd April 2019 Reviewed by Jackie Pajkowski Excellent paper. I have the smooth version also and I am looking forward to using this one. The pad lasts for ages and the paper is excellent quality, it does not buckle.
I would highly recommend Archers papers, even for beginners like myself.

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17th November 2018 Reviewed by William Pack Used for everything I paint in watercolour. Just the best after trying the rest. Not cheap but competitively priced at Cass Art.

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6th April 2018 Reviewed by Fiona Pearson Excellent service and quality of the product.

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19th February 2018 Reviewed by Malcolm Taylor I would recommend this product to others who want to create a better finished outcome

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13th January 2018 Reviewed by Sue Sumner Lovely paper to work on and excellent quality.

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13th December 2017 Reviewed by Ann Pointing My favourite paper. The gummed blocks make painting easy and very portable

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4th October 2017 Reviewed by Alison Saunders Always a good product

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11th July 2017 Reviewed by Kirstie Trobe I use this product to paint portraits

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3rd May 2017 Reviewed by Mark Billington This is simply the best watercolour paper I've ever used. You get what you pay for.
It keeps the pigment on the surface and stays flat whilst applying washes.

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21st April 2017 Reviewed by Aryan Akbarpour You can control watercolor easily.

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10th March 2017 Reviewed by SARAH BRADFIELD wonderful paper

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19th January 2017 Reviewed by David Livingstone The 'gold standard' of papers and a great price. The sizes are a little different and I bought the smallest block to take travelling.

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10th August 2016 Reviewed by Elizabeth Nuell The best watercolour paper.

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7th June 2016 Reviewed by Richard Griffin Superb watercolour paper. No need for stretching when bought as a block. ideal for indoor and outdoor-or to take on holiday with your sketchbook

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27th May 2016 Reviewed by Derek Lee First time I have tried it. I would prefer ***

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29th April 2016 Reviewed by Mike Munson I always use blocked paper for my water colours, Arches is very good.

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9th April 2016 Reviewed by Evan Rule Superb quality watercolour paper

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16th May 2015 Reviewed by William Smith Top quality watercolour paper for archival standard work.

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16th July 2014 Reviewed by James Mattinson in everyday use

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11th March 2014 Reviewed by Clare Newell Love this paper, good for large landscape watercolours.

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27th January 2014 Reviewed by Sandra Tweedie Rough surface watercolour pad which is excellent for working directly /outdoors and avoids stretching paper. High quality paper, the surface takes wet and drier working well. Recommended

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19th December 2013 Reviewed by Natalie Crosland Arches has been my favorite paper for a while and takes a lot of abuse, which I like. The gummed pads are perfect for me.

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29th October 2013 Reviewed by Nigel Cutland This is a well known paper for watercolour which I have used before so I bought it because I like it!
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