Arches Watercolor Block
Arches watercolor paper has long been an all-around favorite among artists. Its a highly regarded brand, is made of 100 percent cotton for quality and durability, and comes in a range of sizes from pads to individual sheets to large rolls of paper. The Watercolor Block, though, is a pad with a special tape-binding along all four edges of the block. The blocks are substantially more expensive than standard watercolor paper, but they make it easy for artists to work the top sheet without having paint bleed through to the lower pages. The solid block also makes an ideal surface for traveling or plain air work. After finishing a sheet, artists can peel the page off around the edges for easy display. The blocks come in a variety of sizes, including some smaller or irregular-sized sheets, but the standard sizes run from 9x12 up to 18x24 for cold press or 14x20 for hot press paper. Both the hot press and cold press blocks come in pads with 20 sheets of 140lb-paper, while the cold press also comes in a 300lb version with 10 sheets.