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When European papermaking technology was in its infancy, a paper mill was established on the banks of a small mountain river. The water was ideal for the task, fast moving and clear of silt, and the paper the mill turned out was of top quality.

Over the centuries, the mill's reputation grew internationally. Six hundred years later, the mill is still in operation. It has one of the oldest cylinder-mould machines in the world and has produced paper for many artists including Morandi, DeChirico, and Picasso.

Working closely with Opus, this mill has created Opus Finest Watercolour Paper to our specifications: 100% cotton, 300 gsm, cold-pressed, and tub-sized, all to make an ideal surface for the discriminating watercolour artist.

The cylinder-mould machine produces paper with two deckle and two torn edges. Because the machine moves slowly, the pulp fibres are distributed in all directions, ensuring better wet-strength and greater uniformity of sheets. The traditional gelatin sizing of this paper gives exceptional resistance to scratching and erasing.

The paper has been cut into two sizes for the Opus Finest Watercolour Pads, 7″ 11″ and 11″ 15″, and bound with red wire and a deep blue, hardback cover. A red elastic closure creates a stylish enclosure for the 16 sheets (32 pages) in each pad.

Watch our Introduction to Illustration How-To Video, with Vancouver illustrator and Opus Downtown Vancouver staff member Alison Woodward, to see this beautiful paper in use with ink, watercolours, and gouche.

Opus Finest Watercolour Pads Specifications:
  • 100% cotton
  • 300 gsm (140 lb)
  • cold-pressed
  • straight edges (no deckle)
  • gelatin-sized
  • wire-bound hardboard cover with an elastic closure
  • 16 sheets (32 pages) per pad

Opus Watercolour Paper is also available in sheet stock.

Opus PLUS Members Save 5% off the regular price.

Note, March 15, 2017: Due to supplier challenges we are unable to replenish our stock of Opus Finest Watercolour Pads until the end of summer, 2017. Please call our Opus locations to check in-store stock levels. We expect

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Name Size Regular Price Sale Price Qty
Opus Finest Watercolour Paper Pad 11X15 $24.60 19.68 20200326-MRNL20 ONLIN2
Opus Finest Watercolour Paper Pad 7.5X11 $14.60 11.68 20200326-MRNL20 ONLIN2
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