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Saunders Waterford Watercolour Paper - 200lb

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Saunders Waterford is an exquisite watercolour paper, traditionally made on a cylinder mould machine. This is the superior quality watercolour paper made by St Cuthberts Mill and comes with the Royal Watercolour Society’s endorsement.

Made using 100% cotton, the highest quality papermaking material, to high archival standards. Each sheet is buffered with calcium carbonate to help defend finished pieces of work from discolouration caused by acids present in atmospheric pollution.

Its attractive surface is created using natural woollen felts that give it a distinctive random texture. The surface is sized in gelatine making it strong and resilient to scrubbing, and other rough treatments.

Saunders Waterford is a top quality professional watercolour paper.


100% Cotton
Highest quality papermaking material with excellent archival properties

Mould Made
Superior surface stability

Acid Free & Archival
The paper will last for hundreds of years (in good storage conditions) and won’t discolour or fall apart.

Gelatine Surface Sized
Makes the sheet very strong and assists with flow of wash from brush to paper. It is resistant to scrubbing and other extreme treatments like masking fluid removal.

Beautiful Random Surface Texture
Surface enhances the finished painting

Endorsed by the Royal Watercolour Society
Recommended by this highly prestigious group of watercolourists.

Blocks of Watercolour Paper
No need to soak and stretch the sheet as the paper dries flat. Excellent for painting on location.

Suitable for Multimedia
In addition to watercolour, this paper is suitable for pastel, gouache, acrylic, pencil, charcoal, pen & ink and printmaking.


General Storage and Handling Instructions

  • Keep the paper in its original packaging until required.
  • Store the paper flat.
  • Avoid extremes of temperature or humidity.
  • Do not store in direct sunlight.
  • Handle the paper by the edges or underside. Avoid touching the area to be painted, as oils from the skin could affect the wash.


  • Lighter weight papers (300g/m² and lighter) may benefit from soaking and stretching to avoid the paper cockling (buckling) when applying washes.
  • Avoid exposing the paper to detergents, as these will affect the paper’s absorbency.
  • The paper’s surface is most vulnerable when wet, and should be handled with care.
  • Masking Fluid shouldn’t be left on the paper for too long, it becomes harder to remove the longer it’s left, making it impossible to remove without damaging the paper’s surface. Bockingford does not have gelatine surface sizing, so isn’t as robust for masking fluid use.

Fade Resistance and Framing

  • Frame finished paintings with acid free materials to preserve the paper’s archival qualities.
  • As with all original artworks, paintings should be framed behind glass and hung away from direct sunlight.