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Opus Finest Watercolour Paper

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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, insuring better wet-strength and greater uniformity of sheets. The traditional gelatin sizing of this paper gives exceptional resistance to scratching and erasing, making Opus Finest Watercolour Paper an excellent alternative to Arches Watercolour Paper.

Opus Finest Watercolour Paper is available in full sheets measuring 22″ × 30″ featuring two deckle and two torn edges. The 15″ × 22″, 11″ × 15″, and 7½″ × 11″ sizes feature cut edges on all sides.

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 Paper Specifications:
  • 100% cotton
  • 300 gsm (140 lb)
  • cold-pressed
  • gelatin-sized


Opus Watercolour Paper is also available in wire-bound pads.


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Name Size Reg. Price Qty
Opus Finest Watercolour Paper: 640 gsm 22X30 14.90
Opus Finest Watercolour Paper Pack/20: 300 gsm 11X15 31.50
Opus Finest Watercolour Paper Pack/10: 300 gsm 15X22 31.50
Opus Finest Watercolour Paper Pack/40: 300 gsm 7.5X11 31.50
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