Arches Oil Paper Pads

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$24.05 - $42.05
$12.03 - $21.03

WARNING: This product contains a chemical known in the State of California to cause cancer.

Fine Painting Paper. No need for Gesso - No preparation required!

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Arches Oil is a French made 300 gsm (140 lb), 4 deckled edge paper specially formulated for oil painting, yet it maintains the look and feel of traditional Arches papers. The paper features a powerful & efficient oil barrier that absorbs water, solvents and binders evenly while allowing the paint and pigment to remain on the surface.

This new and revolutionary surface is essential for any professional oil painter looking to capture their oil painting on paper all while saving time. Oil painting students will love the convenience and ease of use that this paper offers.
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  • Arches Oil paper

    Reviewed on 3/27/2013

    As reviewed by Gina

    Experience: STUDENT

    This paper is great for oils. I taped it on a board and it worked great, no warping. The texture is nice as well.

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  • Good stuff, frustratingly absorbent

    Reviewed on 7/13/2016

    As reviewed by Nils L.

    Experience: PROFESSIONAL

    I have a love hate relationship with this stuff. It's great for storing paintings as the support is so thin and light I don't have to worry about stacking dried paintings on one another and it's relatively cheap compared to some other supports. Now the downsides. I don't think I've ever worked on such a porous, absorbent surface before and it is pretty frustrating to deal with. That aspect, combined with the paper's heavy surface texture makes it a real chore to get the initial layers on the surface because the paper soaks up any wetness and prevents easy movement across the surfaceand even with well-thinned paint. Also note that even with a taped edge, the texture will allow thinned paint to creep underneath your taped barrier a bit. It can be difficult to control the quality of your marks on the surface because they look inconsistent and splotchy until there is a sufficient enough buildup of paint to overcome the surface. Interestingly too, once a color is layed in place, it effectively saturates that area and is very difficult to modify that color on subsequent strokes without using a considerably heavier amount of paint. I tend to paint thin, and when i work on this stuff, I can expect to use at least 50% to 100% more paint than I would working on a panel or canvas which is fine for some painters but could be a hinderance to others depending on your process. It's also difficult to scrape paint off the surface, so corrections can get a little hairy if your paint layers are becoming unsatisfactory. I usually will cover my entire surface with OMS before painting just to allow my paint to move more like it should in the initial stages, or sometimes just do a thinned wash of color and then let it dry completely to seal the surface. Also be careful of the paper's durability, most tapes, even low tack ones specifically for art applications can easily tear the paper's velvety surface when it's removed. All in all, not a bad product, it's relatively cheap, lightweight and portable, you can work on it front and back, and easily do multiple pieces on one sheet and then cut them out. It can be frustrating if you're used to other surfaces, but for those who don't mind wrestling with a few new challenges, it can still make for a rewarding painting experience.

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  • Arches Oil Paper

    Reviewed on 7/1/2013

    As reviewed by Sandra

    Experience: PROFESSIONAL

    I paint, primarily, oil on gessoed (arches) paper. So I was very intrigued by the oil paper concept. After having worked on four sheets, my main complaint is that the initial application of paint to surface does not go on evenly. I have tried a few different mediums/solvents for the ground color and it inevitably saturated the paper in splotches. Subsequent layering can even out the surface and at some point the paint no longer soaks in. Otherwise, love the toothiness and rigidity of the paper.

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