This watercolour block comprises of 20 sheets of Millford watercolour paper from St Cuthberts Mill. The paper has a weight of 300g/m2 (140lb), which will allow it 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 so has a slightly textured surface, making it suitable for most types of work.
The sheets are 12 inches by 9 inches (31cm x 23cm) and are glued along all 4 sides to form a block; making it less likely to cockle whilst painting. The top sheet is easily removed from the block by inserting a palette knife in the small gap in the adhesive and moving it around the edge of the sheet, whilst keeping the blade flat against the lower sheet. Using a palette knife, rather than a sharp bladed knife, avoids accidentally cutting into the sheet of paper being removed.
Millford watercolour paper is mould-made, which provides the charm of hand-made paper, but without the inherent variability from sheet to sheet. It is made from 100% cotton fibres, which give the sheet strength and durability due to the fibres' relatively longer length. Watercolour papers made from 100% cotton are generally considered as the best quality.
During the paper making process, Millford papers are internally sized; the size is added to the cotton fibres while they are still in the vat. This paper has been uniquely made to have a high resistance to water (“hard sizing”), which keep washes on the surface of the paper longer making it ideal for wet in wet methods of painting, where the pigments retain more of their glow when dry. In addition, this paper is fully archival as it is acid free and so will not deteriorate over time.
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