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Strathmore Imperial 500 Series Watercolor Paper is very strong, and is harder sized than "Old World" papers, providing greater water hold-out for improved color lifting and blending. This paper has a random texture but with uniform performance.
This archival quality, acid-free, 100% cotton fiber paper is available in a cold press or hot press surface. Each sheet has two deckle edges. Paper is 140 lb (300 gsm) weight.
15" × 22"
381 mm × 559 mm
22" × 30"
559 mm × 762 mm
15" × 22"
381 mm × 559 mm
22" × 30"
559 mm × 762 mm
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Strathmore Artist Papers has been manufacturing watercolor papers for more than 70 years. Boasting one of the broadest ranges of watercolor papers of any manufacturer, artists are sure to find a paper that is suited to their level of expertise and technique within the Strathmore product range.
All Strathmore watercolor papers are made with watercolor felts, giving each paper a traditional watercolor paper look and feel. All are acid-free to ensure longevity, and made using natural and synthetic sizing, in keeping with Strathmore’s strong environmental stance.
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The Best for the price.
By Donald K Hall Hawaii Art Gallery school
from Ewa Beach Hawaii
Comments about Strathmore Imperial 500 Series Watercolor Paper:
This paper will take a beating. Price is quite comparable to other brands. It has maintained its quality for the last 18 years I have use it and I would be devastated if it were ever discontinued. It is a hard paper with good wetting tolerance. Will take all the lifting and scrubbing i give it. We use the 140 lb. paper not the 300 lb. because it is easier to mount. We do not We wet the paper to stretch it. if there is any bulbing just spits the back with clear water and put something flat on it and it presses flat in about 20 minutes. Seams to 0nly come in 30"x 22" sheets
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from East Lansing, MI
I buy watercolor paper in bulk & cut my own sizes to paint original greeting cards. It is cost effective to buy from Blick. The quality of materials and service is excellent. The are my #1 "go to" store for art materials.
I would buy this product again
I used Faber Castell brush pens on this paper. The color came out bright and beautiful. Layering colors also worked very well.
Excellent product and service
from El Paso, Texas
I have used this with pencil with ease and reproduction from it is flawless. I will be using it soon with water color wash and think it will be perfect. Thank you.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
I came back for seconds
By Case Art
This watercolour paper responds beautifully and has bold, rich color display. Was able to achieve high detail and work-ability. Only thing is it has a bit of an odor, which is typical for paper like this.
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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
hp is very rough
from analomink pa
i am testing hp papers to replace fabriano artistico hp which lately has not been a good surface,......i ordered two sheets of this in hp, and it is so very rough as to be unusable for botanical art. if you are looking for a smooth hp... find another paper.if you like a rougher surface, then this paper could be for you
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We're sorry that this paper didn't have the surface you expected. Please know that Product Specialists are on hand to help compare papers or answer any questions you may have. You can reach our Product Information Department at 1-800-933-2542 (8am-5:30pm CST M-F) or email@example.com. They'll be happy to help you!
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Sublime surface for my multiprocess art work.
from New York State
Excellent surface for my work with watercolor underpainting upon which encaustic monotype application of wax based paint in a hand applied printing technique. The paper has body, brightness and texture which imparts a stunning effect when coated in part with sheer metallic encaustic paint. Beautifully withstands the multiprocess handling required. Luminosity and surface create a luxurious visual experience due to the part this extraordinary paper imparts. Only the best materials will do.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Arrived in a timely manner! It's a great material to use for gouache.
Excellent Alt Process Printing Paper
from Garland, TX
My husband has switched to this paper after discovering that colors print more richly on this paper. The AKD sizing reduces staining as well.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from Yakima Wa.
I paint highly detailed paintings that still have a painterly quality to them and this is the paper I have been dreaming about. Most excellent. ricks watercolors
Selecting a paper is one of the most important decisions an artist will make that will influence the outcome of their work. Strathmore Artist Papers are known for their quality, consistency and performance and come in a vast array of styles in a range of good, better, best, and premium quality. There is a paper for every level of artist and for every artist's needs.
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