Arches Watercolour Paper (Cold Pressed)

The finest watercolour papers on the planet, prized by artists all over the world- available in two sizes:

  • 7x10in
  • 9x12in


Ideal for watercolour painting, as for all wet techniques such as ink, gouache and acrylic.


Made on a cylinder mould (Traditional Process)

Quality close to that of paper made by craft 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. This process can produce papers with a high grammage and exceptional resistance to scratching and erasing, when they are gelatin sized to the core. Only papermaking on a cylinder mould can produce paper with deckle edges.



Exclusive to ARCHES, gelatin sizing to the core preserves the lustre and transparency of the colours whilst preventing paints from penetrating into the paper. It allows superposing of washes and gives it added strength to resist erasing and scratching without tearing or linting. It also allows paints to be removed, either wet or dry, easily revealing the whiteness of the paper. ARCHES Aquarelle can absorb a large amount of water with limited deformation.


100% Cotton

The cotton gives the paper beauty, a natural, lasting whiteness and an inimitable touch as well as strength and longevity.



3 textures: cold pressed, hot pressed and rough. ARCHES Aquarelle has an even, natural grain. The choice of texture will depend on the medium used by the artist. As a general rule, though, texture is a matter of personal choice for the artist, part of the process of artistic creation and expression.


Cold Pressed and Rough: Recommended for landscapes

Hot Pressed: Recommended for portraits and illustrations

Arches Watercolour Paper (Cold Pressed)

SKU: 0016