RWS Handmade Hot Press 300gsm 1979
BOTANIC SURFACE HANDMADE WATERCOLOUR PAPER
6 pack - £72 (£12, $16, €14 per sheet)
18 pack - £210 (£11.66, $15.16, €13.94 per sheet)
36 pack - £360 (£10.00, $12.97, €11.94 per sheet)
In England in 1831, when the Society of Painters in Water-Colours (later nicknamed the 'Old Water-Colour Society') took up its name, most professional watercolourists preferred 100% rag, handmade, gelatine sized, air dried papers.
It wasn't until the end of the 19th century that artists and members of what in 1881 became the Royal Society of Painters in Water-Colours (shortened to Royal Watercolour Society or RWS) became concerned about the increasing use of low quality materials such as wood pulp and chlorine bleaches in watercolour paper.
In 1895, a well known watercolour painter, JW North formed a small company, the 'O.W' Paper & Arts Company Ltd, with the object of marketing handmade papers of the finest quality made from 100% linen rag, specifically for artists' use. The paper was made at Hayle Mill from 1895 to 1911 and then from 1916 until the 1980s when Hayle Mill paper mill closed. In 1962 the recipe changed to cotton due to the scarcity of linen rag.
RWS papers famously contain "no bleach, hyposulphite of soda, acid or any other chemical except alum, soap, gelatin and an approved antiseptic to prevent mildew.
The surface is Hot Pressed (very smooth) and are ideal for washes as well as fine line work.
SIZE: 560 x 780 mm, 22 3/4 x 30 3/4 inches
SURFACE: Hot Pressed (smooth)
WEIGHT: 285gsm, 140 lb
YEAR: January 1979
Trial Pack contains 8 small sheets measuring approximately 290 x 200 mm, 11 x 8 inches (close to European A4 size)
6 full sheets (560 x 780 mm, 22 3/4 x 30 3/4 inches)
18 full sheets (560 x 780 mm, 22 3/4 x 30 3/4 inches)
36 full sheets (560 x 780 mm, 22 3/4 x 30 3/4 inches)