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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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Great Product For Beginners
By rock diva art
from Dallas Tx
Comments about Canson Montval Watercolor Pads:
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.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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I love dickblick
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.
(1 of 1 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.
(3 of 7 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!
(2 of 2 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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Iona polishing silver (Ziatype)
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(3 of 3 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!
Really Like These
I use the 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 size for journals. They are easy to use, the paper works great for me and the size is perfect for what I want in a journal. I have ordered quite a few of them, and I am always happy. As long as they make my size, I will continue to use and enjoy them.
Great for Cyanotypes
I don't do watercoloring, so I can't comment on the previous observations. I am a photographer and often make Cyanotype prints. I have found it to be an excellent paper for that, all the way around, from the way it takes the sensitizer to the rich cobalt blue of the finished Cyanotype print.
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Suwannee River Delta
(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
Quality Changed - Unusable Now
By Brenda L.
from Manchester, CT
I bought a 15X20 inch pad of this paper about a year ago and fell in love. It accepted washes perfectly without bringing up the bottom layer, washes blended beautifully and the tooth was just right. A week ago I finally used up the last of the pad and bought another and discovered it was a totally different paper.I don't know if they changed the sizing or if I just got a bad batch, but all the delicate watercolor linework I did for my previous painting came right up with the first wash. I used other sheets from the pad and it was the same thing. The tooth is also much rougher now. I'm very upset because I was working on three paintings at once and didn't realize the paper was flawed until I had already done considerable work on each. Each painting is ruined - I can't salvage them. With this massive change in quality, I am wary about buying Canson products again.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
Junk paper at affordable price
from Seattle, WA
Don't use for anything serious. Even at the price, I would never buy it again. I thought because it was by Canson, partnered with or owners of Arches, that it'd be OK. Not the case and I don't even think it's made of cotton. It dries super quick.In short: student grade junk
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