Watercolor Paper Sizes
Sheets are large and measure 22 30.
Watercolor paper sizes. So 2 pieces of a2 paper will fit side by side inside one piece of a1 paper. Made the traditional way on a cylinder mould this paper has a harmonious natural grain. Most artist grade watercolor papers are extremely well made but if your personalities and characteristics clash you won t enjoy painting on it. In order to show how paper cut to some of the most popular imperial sizes scales in comparison we ve come up with a useful size chart which can be seen below.
Today i m sharing my four favorite watercolor paper brands. We offer a complete range of these papers in surfaces to compliment any technique and level of expertise. A full imperial sheet of paper and an a1 sheet are the two largest standard sizes. But there s a little more to it than that.
The dimensions of the b series paper sizes are defined by the iso 216 international paper size standard. Its composition with long fibres of 100 cotton gives the paper its strength beauty a natural lasting whiteness and an inimitable touch. To help make things clear in your mind i ve put together this watercolor brush size chart it s available to download as a pdf at the end of the article but before we get to. Full imperial is a bit smaller than a1.
The b series is not as common as the a series. The most common brush sizes range from 000 small to 24 large. One thing i ve always been curious about is how the standard size of a lot of watercolor pads have come about. While the lighter version of the watercolor papers will fit beginners well along with globetrotters who love to paint while outside.
A0 exists but is usually special ordered like the half and quarter imperial sizes the a sizes are based on the next size down always being half of the larger size above it. The area of the b series paper sheets is the geometric mean of the a. Not all watercolor brush types use this numbered rule. It was created to provide paper sizes that were not included in the a series.
I buy sheets most often for larger works but also tear them down to any. Heavier watercolor papers are much more expensive but the minimized need for stretching makes it perfect for professional use. The texture of the watercolor paper. The b series uses an aspect ratio of 1 2.
Thanks to this method the fibres are evenly distributed the paper slackens uniformly when wet. They aren t necessarily the top selling brands nor are they the most well known but i think these papers are worth the effort to seek. The dimensions of some of the most popular imperial paper sizes used for watercolour painting are listed below in both metric and imperial units. For example buying a pad of arches watercolor paper the sizes are in us measurements.
Individual sheets are the cheapest depending on their weight. 9 x 12 10 x 14 11 7 x 16 5 however the most common frame sizes in the us are 5 x 7 8 x 10 11 x 14 12 x 16 etc. Paper is sold in different sizes and is packaged differently.
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