We make watercolour paper with the properties demanded by the Nineteenth century masters. The use of flax in specialist papermaking, followed by tub sizing were largely abandoned as machine manufacturing increased. Now you can paint on surfaces similar to the hand made linen paper sought out by Turner, Cotman and Girtin.
There are good reasons why Two Rivers watercolour paper has such a forgiving nature. The Mill uses flax, cotton and crystal clear Exmoor water – the purest materials available to the papermaker. Tub sizing and loft drying ensure that the colour tends to surface dry and thus remain extremely sharp and bright. The toughened paper surface makes possible corrections and vigorous handling techniques such as washing out, scrubbing and scraping.
Two Rivers paper is, however, more than a watercolour paper. Many of our customers use acrylic, pastel, oil and charcoal to equally good effect.
Machine mould manufacture cannot match the results of this combination of careful handmaking and the finest papermaking materials. The sheet price may be higher but its aesthetic and handling advantages, together with its acid-free archival quality, easily offset the extra cost.
This paper can re-vitalize your work and is one that amateurs and beginners can also use with confidence.