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Mouldmade in France specifically for printmaking and publishing, Arches Cover has a pronounced grain, two watermarks, and two natural deckle edges. It works beautifully for any printmaking process, or as a drawing surface.
Arches Cover is 100% cotton fiber, acid-free, pH neutral, internally sized and buffered.
Handling Charge — When ordering sheets of paper or board larger than 18” x 24” in quantities of less than 10, a $3.00 per order handling fee applies. Paper or boards may be assorted to reach the quantity of 10.
® Arches is a registered trademark.
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Love this cover paper
from Fredonia, NY
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I'm taking a book arts class and this paper is really great for covers!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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probably the best black paper out there
By the arctic rose
Now that Somerset Black is no longer available, this is probably the best bet for those who work on black paper. Stonehenge is ok, too; but most other papers are not up to snuff.. The surface of Arche is slightly coarser than stonehenge, but holds pencil and pastel quite well, and the black is nice and deep; not greyed out like some papers . Not cheap, but less than Somerset was.
Great paper for book making
from Floyds Knobs, IN
I used the Arches cover paper for the cover of our book in a workshop. It takes all kind of media. We used goauche, colored pencil, and watercolor.
I would make them my number one supplier
By Little Frida
from Tulare, CA
I really liked the paper. It's is sturdy and mountable on a wall. I used graphite and charcoal and I liked the way it sticks.
from Houston, Texas
This paper has a beautiful feel to it. Lovely watermark and wonderful for all printmaking purposes.
from Dadeville, al
Great paper...can be painted on with little buckling.
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High quality etching paper
I've used this paper for nearly two decades and wouldn't think of using anything else for my editions, with the exception of a few special papers I've used for one or two of my editions. There have only been two notable problems over the years, one attributable to the paper itself and one to the handling and distribution of it. I create etchings and then hand paint each one with transparent watercolor. Generally the Arches Cover takes the paint beautifully and can be blended and lifted with ease. The first problem occurred when a batch of the Arches Cover I was using did not allow me to easily blend the paint, but created an instant staining situation which prevented the paint from being blended or lifted. It just stained the paper deeply. I had to throw out all the paper with that problem and now, whenever I receive a new batch of paper, I test one corner on the back with transparent, non-staining watercolor to see if I can immediately lift it off. I never knew if that was a sizing issue or what, but I haven't run into it since then and that's been over a year ago. The second problem was really an annoyance more than anything. I just received 25 sheets of Arches Cover from Dick Blick, and for whatever reason someone somewhere along the line decided to write a series of 5 numbers on multiple corners, both front and back of each sheet in pencil, some quite dark. I spent about an hour with a draftsman's eraser pad removing the numbers...arrrgghh! I needed the paper so it would have been inconvenient to return it, although Dick Blick was perfectly willing to do that and were very apologetic. They were as mystified as I was as to who and why someone would do that.
Paper was dented
from New York NY
This paper is great but once again arrived with dents, usually the dents are small but this time there were multiple dents and much worse. Reconsidering using Blick as a paper source.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
versatile, black and wellmade
from new york, NY
Internal and surface sizing makes it a printmaking paper, but the same sizing allows me to use it for gouache washes that are as delicate as watercolor. It's like painting with colored light. The heavy weight keeps buckling to a minimum. I also use it as a drawing media with wax. Texture is pretty heavy. That's a good thing in my case. Black is a part of the fiber - not pigment or dye, so it is permanent. Unfortunately it is not easy to find and unlike other Arches paper, it does not come in rolls.
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30" X 44", encaustic drawing ©jsoard 2009
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15" X 22", gouache drawing ©jsoard 2009
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By Brown Dog Studio
from West Salem, Wisconsin
I keep trying other papers, but always come back to Arches Cover. I am a nontoxic printmaker, and have found Arches Cover is great with Akua and Caligo inks.
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