Arches Cold-Pressed Watercolor Paper

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Watercolor paper is made by combining cotton fibers, gelatin and water that is then allowed to dry before being made uniformly flat by passing it through a press (Mayer). This type of mould-made watercolor paper is available in several finishes, ranging from smooth to rough, depending on pressing method used to finish the paper. Cold-pressed (CP) watercolor paper, which is the most common choice among artists, is finished by pressing the molded paper using cold cylinders, hence the term cold-pressed. Cold-pressed watercolor paper has a rough texture or tooth allowing for better absorption of the paint. Arches Aquarelle 140 lb. weight, cold-pressed watercolor paper block was used. The watercolor paint was applied to the block and allowed to dry before the sheet was removed using a knife.