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Canson Montval is a fine quality, acid-free, natural white, mildew resistant student watercolor paper.
Prized for its texture and resistance to repeated washing, this Cold Press paper is suitable for all wet media techniques, including watercolor, gouache, wash, and acrylic painting.
It is available in both a medium and a heavy grade. The 140 lb (300 gsm) grade has a hefty feel for a paper that can be purchased in a pad format, like that of expensive cotton papers. Pads are bound on the short side.
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Not able to demo nice even washes to students-embarrassing!
from Natick, MA
Comments about Canson Montval Watercolor Pads:
The "wood pulp" paper is just not absorbent enough to paint wet-in-wet without blotchy uneven washes, streaky lines, backruns plus it dries too fast (lack of absorbency). This paper is only appropriate for wet-on-dry application and very frustrating for a beginner watercolorist who wants to learn a looser softer technique.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Nice heavy watercolor paper
Great for mixed media projects
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from San Antonio, TX
I am beginning to use product. It seems to be of high quality. Am using it as small format water color art paper.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Don't buy it for watercolor. No Good.....
I bought the 8.5x5.5 of the product a while back and just recently decided to take it out for plein aire sketching with watercolor. The paper doesn't seem to be sized even externally, and it's definitely not cotton based. The paint slipped and slide uncontrollably, and it cockled so bad that I had to wait for it to dry. When dry, the page remained badly distorted. So, forget about washes. Even the Tombow Dual Brush pen seems to inflict damage to this paper. It says artist series and 140lbs but doesn't say anything about the makeup of the paper. It behaves like a student grade.I will probably use the rest of it as a sketch pad with pencils or technical pens. But DEFINITELY NOT for watercolor. Might be great for other applications such as printing cyanotypes, as someone mentioned.
Merchant response: We're sorry to hear that this paper didn't perform as you expected. It is 100% alpha cellulose, and though attractive to students because of its affordable price point, it won't perform like a cotton paper. If you would ever like additional information on the papers we offer, we're happy to help. Just call 1-800-933-2542 (8am-5:30pm CST M-F) or email email@example.com.
Great Product For Beginners
By rock diva art
from Dallas Tx
I haven't used much watercolor paper. I am just getting into watercolors so this paper was fine for me as a beginner and experimenting.
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from Seattle, Washington
I bought this paper thinking that I would use it for my first painting of a subject as a study. I am using it for that but I think that I could use it for my final painting as well because of the quality. If you can't afford the 300 pound paper, you might like to give this a try. (I'm a beginner in watercolors and have a lot to learn.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Terrific for cyanotype
By Sarah the Teacher
from Millbrook, NY
I am a teacher and use this paper for making cyanotypes with my students. The process can be a bit finicky when it comes to papers and I've found that Montval works beautifully and is budget friendly, too. Terrific dark blue hues, holds up well in the water bath, too.
(6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
BLICK IS SO SLICK
from Cedar Grove, NJ
BLICK IS SO SLICKI'd order again with a flick of a BicArtists' material ever so slickNon pareil, on or off saleIt's absolutely fantastick!I color in waterI paint and revelThe paper's so fine It's hard to tellA picture from a photoSo, Blick is my mottoTo share, compare and with it to stick!!Viva Blick; forever Blick!
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Great paper for alternative process
from Freeport Maine
I use this paper for alternative processes -- gum, cyanotype and ziatype and gum over ziatype. It holds up beautifully to multiple washes. It accepts the sensitizing coats well though a drop of Tween helps. It is heavy and has a real prescence. And the price is much lower than other well known papers that just don't stand up to multiple water washs.Beyone that it has a lovely surface. It is my #1 choice for a working paper.
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Great wc paper for the price!
from Ridgewood, NJ
I love this paper for my watercolor everyday paper. For higher quality works I use more expensive paper but as everyday paper it performs great! It handles washes beautifully...it doesn't bloom which is a problem with other wc cold press paper brands in this price range which I have tried and was very disappointed in. It can hold a lot of water and washes. Great value...Highly recommend!
Canson Montval is a fine quality, acid-free, natural white, mildew resistant student watercolor paper. Prized for its texture and resistance to repeated washing, this Cold Press paper is suitable for all wet media techniques, including watercolor, gouache, wash, and acrylic painting.
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