Bockingford® is a beautiful English watercolour paper, traditionally made on a cylinder mould machine at St Cuthberts Mill. This is a high quality paper made using pure materials to archival standards.
Its attractive surface is created using natural woollen felts that give it a distinctive random texture. Appreciated for its excellent colour lifting abilities. This is an extremely forgiving watercolour paper valued by professional and amateur artists around the world.
Bockingford® offers quality watercolour paper at an affordable price.
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.
Quality at an Affordable Price High quality paper at a much lower price
Excellent Colour Lifting Abilities Easy to lift the colour wash to get back to the white base paper.
Beautiful Random Surface Texture Surface enhances the finished painting
Suitable for Multimedia In addition to watercolour the paper accepts pastel, gouache, acrylic, pencil, charcoal and pen & ink. The paper can also be used for certain print techniques and bespoke cartons.
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.