Watercolor paper

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MFA acc# 39.621


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

Synonyms and Related Terms

water-colour paper (Br.)

Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Book and Paper Group, Paper Conservation Catalog, AIC, 1984, 1989