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Crafted in small batches at slow speeds in a European paper mill, Fluid watercolor papers possess the strength and working integrity of more expensive mouldmade papers.
Glued on the two long edges, the Fluid Easy-Block allows artists to paint right on the block without wetting or stretching the paper. The paper is easily separated by sliding a dull knife or letter opener in the open side under the top sheet when the painting is complete.
Fluid Easy-Blocks contain 15 acid-free, cold or hot press sheets.
140 lb (300 gsm).
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Favorite paper for watercolor and Inktense watercolor Pencil
Comments about Fluid Easy-Block Watercolor Paper Blocks:
No need to mount paper on a board. Keeps your painting flat and easy to take off when dry.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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No. I won't buy Fluid again.
By K L M
from Lawrence, KS
There's a lot wrong with this product. The paper pills when layering washes and I found that it didn't handle wet into wet very well at all. The open ends do curl and the weird plastic 'glue' is very difficult to cut, even with a very sharp razor or x-acto blade. trying to lift a sheet off the block results in torn edges. There's a reason Arches and the real block makers use a thin film that wraps around 80-90% of the block, this is not an improvement of time tested standards. I can not recommend Fluid to professional artists. The price of Arches or Fabrianno is rather shocking, but professional artists understand the importance of working with the highest quality materials.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Not a Watercolor Block
from Appleton, Wisconsin
This product should not be called a watercolor block. The whole point of buying a block of watercolor paper is to avoid having to stretch the paper, otherwise it would be a better value to just buy individual sheets. This "block" is only loosely secured on two sides so the paper immediately buckles with even the smallest amount of watercolor applied. I did some small swatches of new watercolor paints and had serious issues with the paper warping. There is no way you could create an entire painting successfully without removing it from the block and stretching it on a board. I'm so disappointed that I tried a value brand rather than just sticking with my tried and true Arches watercolor blocks. Looks like I am stuck with three scrap paper blocks.
By Art 4 You
I've always used the Canson 4x6 block but decided to give this one a try. I'm not disappointed. In fact it is as good as the Canson an half the price.
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Good Value and unusual sizes
from San Jose
I LOVE the unsusual sizes. Removing sheets from the block is easy. The paper is not Arches--it's a good quality medium grade, however I have been using it lately and it's absorbency is excellent for the quality of paper. I have cut it into smaller squares for practice-four perfect squares for practice and you can use the back if the front doesn't work out. Very much worth exploring, esp for practice. Excellent value-great price
from Alameda CA
I like the square size. I didn't compare prices with other stores. I just knew Blick could get this product in this size. Very happy.
Favorite Watercolor Paper
from colorado springs, co
Fluid watercolor paper is my absolute favorite. I especially love the hot press paper, which is harder to find. I have found that paint colors are more vibrant on the hot press. The absorbency of the hot press paper also fits my particular painting style better than cold press.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Versatile watercolor paper
By Janelle the student
from Urbana, IL
Fluid watercolor paper is extremely versatile. I use it to print my photos. I have used this paper before but to get it locally is very expensive. Dickblick offers a better value allowing me to get more paper for my money. Being a student the price difference is important. I have used this paper to print photographs with Cyanotype and VanDyke Brown solutions and it stands up to the solution and the washing perfectly. I have tried many different brands with my alternative process photography and many of them fall apart after the repeated washings but not Fluid. I have used both cold press and hot press versions but my favorite is the hot press paper because it's perfectly smooth and I get stunning detail from my images when using it. I would recommend this paper for anyone who is looking for a strong versatile art paper. This is one of the best products out there and it's comparable to some of the more high end expensive papers.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Perfect small size block
from Conshohocken pa
Love the fact that they offer a 4" x 6" block. I think it is the only brand that does. Well glued, easy to remove and take watercolor and ink well.
By Jessica C.
from New York, New York
I'm a watercolor artist who works at Blick Art Materials, and it's safe to say that I've tried MANY different brands of watercolor paper. I have forever loved Arches hot-pressed watercolor blocks the best for it's paper quality. Arches (the company) has recently hiked up their prices and it has become sort of unaffordable to buy in bulk. Recently I've set out to find a comparable paper with a good quality, similar sizes, and a brighter white. After a little while of searching, I've decided Fluid watercolor papers are definitely my new favorite!I work in very small sizes like 6x8 and 7x10, so I was able to find similar sizes in their watercolor blocks. I've been using their 6x8 and 9x12 (that being said, I kind of wish they did make a 7x10, but it's not a big deal). Their blocks aren't like an arches block where it's sealed on all four sides, but I kind of LOVE that it's only tape bound on two sides. It makes it easier to pull sheets off, and the tape is clear, so there's no annoying/ugly black around the edges. Also, I don't paint while my paper is still attached to the block, I always rip it off and work on my table.THE PAPER IS A BEAUTIFUL BRIGHT WHITE, and not a weird off white like Arches. That was one thing I was beginning to be upset about with Arches, because when you scan a piece in, it's always darker than I'd prefer.I wish that they gave us a 300 lb option with their blocks, but I've been finding the 140 lb to be fine. After finishing my watercolor piece I am able to flatten my paper perfectly by simply turning my paper over, wetting the back, and leaving a heavy book on it over night or for a few hours. The final result has always been wonderful.As for the papers archival quality, I find it to be comparable to Arches. Although, I have been using Arches for two years and Fluid for only a couple of months, so I'll keep you updated :)Overall I'm incredibly pleased and it's most definitely worth trying! Especially since they're so affordable!
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