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Portofino is the hot-press companion to Italia Acquerello's fine cold-press papers. It delivers a beautiful, silky smooth surface that gives traditional wet techniques a new look.
Portofino is designed specifically for wet media, such as watercolor, gouache, acrylics, and ink. It is mouldmade in Italy of 100% cotton fiber, and is neutral pH. Portofino paper is acid-free and chlorine-free, with a smooth, hot-pressed surface.
Blocks of 20 sheets glued on all four sides. Made by the Magnani mill. 300 gsm/ 140 lb.
7" × 10"
178 mm × 254 mm
9" × 12"
229 mm × 305 mm
12" × 16"
305 mm × 406 mm
14" × 20"
356 mm × 508 mm
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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
They are everything they were described to be. Thanks!
from Decatur, IL
Comments about Acquerello Portofino Watercolor Pads:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
a very good paper for Watercolour
from Montreal, Canada
Comments about Cartiera Magnani Acquerello Portofino Watercolor Pads:
I like very much this paper because the surface is smooth. It is difficult to find hot press watercolour paper. This Italian one is absorbent but not too much and responds very well to different textures, different thicknesses of the colour or the ink i apply.
(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Acquerello Portofino Watercolor Blocks
from Harrison, Arkansas
It doesn't have to be taped down and it will warp or wrinkle. It stays nice and flat.
wonderful paper - hot press
great paper - sturdy, bright, resilient - lovely.
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
used for colored pencil painting
I have used this paper for colored pencils, and it held up nicely to the heavy application of pigment (ten to fifteen layers), and washing with OMS. No tears or fragmentation of the paper surface. It did not discolor after fixative was applied. Really nice paper at a good price.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
from Davis CA
I love this paper. I use it for very loose watercolors because it shows everything, underdrawing, drips of water and things run nicely on it. For me it's all about the nature of the materials. Nature happens on this paper. The only reason I gave it a 4 and not a 5 is that I have had one or two pads arrive unevenly sized on one side. I liked it but if I were doing a different type of work it wouldn't have worked for me. The blocks don't hold together as well as other brands but this is still my favorite paper. I use this outside a lot so everything I use gets a lot of rough handling.
Nice Size for travel
Good quality for the price
By Pam E.
I use this with my colored pencils and orderless mineral spirits. It holds up nicely; even with many layers. I love the hot press. I also like the size selections they make. I wish it came in a spiral bound pad also. I would definitely buy this product again.
(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)
A wonderful hot press paper
I love working on a smooth watercolor paper for much of what I paint. I use both this paper and Arches hot press, and when I want the finest surface that allows me to make crisp details emerge I choose the Portofino. In some ways it's like working on bristol, which I also like to do with watercolor. My paintings don't usually rely on traditional washes or settling of pigment; when that's important I switch to a cold press paper. Even though the Blick information says this and other hot press papers are better suited to opaque watercolors, I find that this is a paper that lets me really experiment with glazing of transparent colors. It also lets me lift out color when needed, though I discourage anyone from thinking they can get away with scrubbing the way they can with cold press. When I lift paint I do it gently, because I've yet to find a hot press paper that won't show abrasions when you grind on its surface. Bottom line: this is one wonderful paper, with a creamy whiteness that I absolutely love without reservation. Highly recommended. I just realized I've never noticed how the price for this paper compares to other hot press papers. All I know is that from the time I first bought it it's been nothing short of fantastic to work with.
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