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Now available in convenient pads, Arches Oil Paper is "ready to use" without preparation. Specifically designed for oil painting, this 100% cotton, 140 lb (300 gsm) paper features a powerful, efficient oil barrier that absorbs water, solvents, and binders evenly while allowing the paint and pigment to remain on the surface.
Arches Oil Paper is less brittle and stiff than gessoed papers and resists chipping or cracking, so it can easily be cut to a desired size, rolled, and transported.
While it has the soft look and feel of traditional Arches papers, this durable paper has an exceptionally tough surface that withstands palette knife techniques, heavy brushing with stiff bristle brushes, and even wet paint removal with turpentine and a rag.
Arches Oil Paper is acid-free and contains no optical brighteners, which means your artwork will stand the test of time.
The pads have a fold-over cover, glued on the short side.
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Great alternative for oil painting
from Northern Idaho
Comments about Arches Oil Paper Pads:
Finally found a paper that is great for oil painting.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Niagara Falls NY
A traveling plein air painter, these sheets keep my weight down. Gessoed and lightly sanded in advance help to keep the paint from soaking in too much. I tape sheets onto a board rather than mount the whole booklet. I do find that the image gets dull but it also dries very quickly, important for packing in a suitcase.
from Ocala Florida
This is a surprisingly nice surface to work on
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Arches oil paper pads
I use this product with oil and cold wax medium. I also use it when I do workshops for easy transport. This product is excellent. It comes in standard sizes so its easy to frame or apply to a wood panel once a painting is done.I also use it for oil pastels.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Lovely and sturdy painting surface
By Leslie J
from Los Angeles, CA
This is a very nice surface to paint on. It has a smooth toothiness that takes nice washes of color and the paper stands up to additional layers of paint, not buckling or anything like that. I will agree with a previous reviewer that the initial surface has an absorbent drag, which is easily resolved by oiling it out or laying in the first areas of color. I purchased the oil pad so I haven't noticed any curling, and it's just the right size for my projects.
Peln Air Option/Nice Surface
from Los Angeels
I bought this so I can paint spontaneously and do oil sketches, prep work, test colors, and work pleb air without having to transport a canvas. The surface is very satisfying to paint on, though painters who want very textured canvas might find a bit smooth.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Love this paper
I have done small oil paintings of birds,flowers etc. on this oil paper and it is perfect for this. They then can be placed in a photo frame of your choice.
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Arches Oil Paper
from Gainesville, FL
Excellent paper. Good for experimenting before moving to canvas.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Experimenting with different surfaces
I've been using Arches oil paper for a few months. I generally tape the paper to a board for a firm surface. The paper can withstand some pretty rough treatment. For example, I frequently scrape off the oil paint I apply. I do like to have lots of backups when I paint so having a canvas pad is much easier than carrying gesso board or canvases to class or to paint outdoors. I can also erase on this paper when I draw with no apparent deterioration. The surface is smooth, less so than board, but not like the gripping surface of canvas. I use a knife when I paint. I'm a beginner with oil paints so take my observations with my skill level in mind. Note: I can't say if best product in category because I have only used this brand.
(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
VERY absorbant hard to move color around
from San Diego, CA
I bought this product because I love Arches watercolor papers. I was excited to find a paper that I could use oils on. I wanted it to do studies on, not for final paintings.The first time I tried it I was very surprised how absorbent the surface is. It grabs the paint and won't let go. For the initial layers it is very hard to move the paint around particularly if you paint more thinly. If you are interested in doing wipe out underpainting this also isn't the product for you. Once this paper grabs the paint you aren't going to get hardly any of it back off of the surface.Since I already have it I will probably add a coat or two of gesso to make it usable for the way I paint.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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