Watercolor paper

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A thick, hard-sized Paper used for painting with Watercolor paint. High quality watercolor paper is made from Rag pulp or from a mixture of Chemical wood pulp and rag pulp. The paper is treated with Size to render it resistant to the wet paints. Watercolor paper is typically very textured. The paper is dimensionally stable when wet and thick enough to allow rubbing and scraping.

Synonyms and Related Terms

water-colour paper (Br.)


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