This watercolour block comprises of 12 sheets of Bockingford watercolour paper from St Cuthberts Mill. The paper has a weight of 300g/m2 (140lb), which will allow the paper to perform well without requiring stretching, even after multiple washes. It is cold pressed (CP), which is also commonly known as NOT (meaning that it is not hot pressed) and has a slightly textured surface, making it suitable for most types of work.
The sheets are 7 inches by 5 inches (18cm x 13cm) and are glued along the long side to form a Pad. Watercolour pads are ideal for painting on the go. Sheets are easily removed and if need be, many sheets can be worked on at any one time.
Bockingford watercolour paper is mould-made, which provides the charm of hand-made paper, but without the inherent variability from sheet to sheet. Although described as "woodfree", the paper is made from wood-pulp, but because the process of refining the cellulose fibres removes most of the lignin (a mixture of complex chemicals found in wood and bark, which can cause paper to yellow), the fibres are no longer considered to be wood.
During the paper making process, Bockingford papers are internally sized; the size is added to the pulp fibres while they are still in the vat. Sizing slows down the water absorbency of the paper and so allows time for the watercolour to be worked on the paper surface. In addition, this paper is manufactured to be acid free and so will not deteriorate over time.
Bockingford watercolour papers are robust and forgiving and are ideal for beginners and amateurs.
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