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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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I love the Arches family of products so I am Bias
from Arnold, MO
Comments about Arches Oil Paper Pads:
I have not had the years of use that I have with other art mediums so to say this is the best paper for oils would be based on my past experiences with Arches watercolor paper. So far it has been exceptional for my use of this product. The fear I had initially was that I would need to stretch the paper similar to watercolor paper, but I apply a coat of Linseed oil to the paper directly to determine if the paper would buckle, it did not. I secured the paper to my painting board just to hold the paper securely and it has worked fine for all the layers I have added. The paper does not need any special preparation. I take a sheet secure it to a board and can begin paintings.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Love This Paper
By Caroline T
from Durham, NC
One of the things I most appreciate about this specially prepared paper for oil painting is that IT STAYS PERFECTLY FLAT, even when a liquid solvent or medium is used with the oil paint. It is a very sturdy paper, with the texture of cold-pressed watercolor paper, and fine detail can be achieved. It's quite absorbent, so that colors tend to "soften," giving a pastel-like effect, but paint layers can be built up. I often lay down an under coat or a glaze-over by rubbing in layers of thinned color with a paper towel to get an even finish or glaze. The one thing I could ask for is a couple of additional sizes in the pad---there are currently only two, and I'd be very happy to see an 11 x 14 and a 14 x 18, although custom sizes can be cut down from the 22 x 30 sheets.
Very nice, if you can get to grips with it
By The Wholly Cow
from Indiana, USA
I've heard a lot of people complain about the absorbency of this paper - the oil paint gets into the surface making lifting off very difficult. While this is true, there are a couple of observations I'd like to make (assuming of course that you want to overcome this effect).Firstly, gessoing this paper really defeats the purpose. You'd much rather get watercolor paper if you were going to gesso, and you can pick up WC paper in an art store quite easily instead of shipping etc. Besides, acrylic gesso also has comparable absorbency so you're not going to get rid of it.Secondly, there are a few additional options. Try putting on an imprimatura layer first (very thinned down oil paint layer) before you actually start your painting, you'll be surprised at how well it works. Some people have suggested rubbing just linseed oil onto the paper, this also works well, IF you allow sufficient time for the oil to dry before beginning your work (otherwise the painting might crack due to the differential drying). This is not a problem with the thinned paint route. A third method is the following. A thin layer of acrylic matte medium works excellently! This is akin to the imprimatura but the resulting surface is pretty slick and the colors show vibrantly. Besides if you are in the habit of doing an underpainting (such as grisaille) then this is a very viable route.All in all, a very good paper (it is 100% cotton too!) with which you should have no archival issues. Even if you find that the surface does not suit you at first, don't give up and toss it away. There are a few options as mentioned that you could try out. I am certain you will find your sweet spot!
Fills a need for painters
from Los Angeles, CA
I use Arches oil paper for smaller paintings, practice pieces, and experiments. When they turn out well, they can be framed just like work on canvas or board. A light coat of additional gesso refines the texture if you like a smoother surface. This is an essential item in my studio - there's nothing else like it.
Great alternative for oil painting
from Northern Idaho
Finally found a paper that is great for oil painting.
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
(2 of 2 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
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.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
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.
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