St Cuthberts Mill Hot Pressed Bockingford Watercolour paper
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.
Taken from the official website of Cuthberts Mill www.stcuthbertsmill.com
ACID FREE: YES
costs: RRP From: £2.32 (full sheet)
Made from 100% woodfree bleached chemical pulp St Cuthberts Mill are experts in manufacturing high quality artists papers. Their master papermakers carefully make beautiful mould made papers, using one of the few remaining cylinder mould machines left in the world. They only use pure raw ingredients to guarantee the highest grade of archival papers. Their pulps and cotton linters are specially sourced for their purity and performance.
Hot Pressed & Rough only available in White
Cold pressed (NOT) available in White, Cream, Grey, Eggshell, Oatmeal & Blue
38cm x 28cm (½ size)
56cm x 76cm (Full Size)
1.52 x 10m (190 & 300gsm)
Pads & Spirals
Available sizes: 7" x 5", 10" x 7", A4, 12" x 9", 14" x 10", 16" x 12" (HP/CP & Rough)
14" x 5" & 20" x 15" Cold Pressed Only
12" x 9", 14" x 10" & 16" x 12" (HP/CP & Rough)
* Acid free & Archival
* Affordable price
* Mould made for superior surface stability
* Excellent colour lifting ability
* 5 Colour tints for the NOT paper range
* Suitable for multimedia - Pastels, Gouache, Acrylics, Pencil, Charcoal, pen & Ink and some print techniques
* Colour tints only available in the Cold pressed (NOT) paper
* May not be as easily accessible outside the UK
* May also be more expensive outside the UK and only sold in packs not individually.
* For Painters - As the paper does not have gelatine sizing, masking fluid should not be left on the paper for too long as it may damage the paper when removing.
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.
So, what can this paper offer each medium?
This paper is suited to various mediums, originally made for Watercolours but works particularly well with pencils too. It has a porous, matt surface that allows for multiple layers and as it is available in weights up to 535gsm, the possibilities are endless. Here are some thoughts on the various mediums trialled on the 300gsm Hot Pressed paper.
For Coloured Pencils
Although I always preferred to work with coloured paper in the past, I have found the Bockingford Hot Pressed to be a great paper for my pencil techniques. I like to layer a LOT, using both Caran Dache Luminance pencils for the details & Derwent Lightfast for both base tones and backgrounds and this paper takes a lot of heavy layers. Like Ursus, my previous, preferred coloured paper, it is quite porous and has a matt finish, so the pigments are strong and it allows for layer upon layer of detail.
For Graphite Pencils
For Graphite pencils, it is a lovely, smooth paper that allows you to achieve strong grading whilst allowing for easy blending and erasing too. A 300gsm paper is ideal for subjects like this African Elephant that requires numerous applications, as you can layer and erase extensively without damaging the paper. I use the Derwent Graphic 'Soft' pencils for my graphite portraits and this heavyweight paper is ideal for all pencil grades. The paper has a slight creamy tone, not the bright white I personally prefer.
If you prefer to work on paper for Acrylic paintings, this paper comes in 425 & 535gsm weights which can withstand heavier applications, if working on a 300gsm or less, it is recommended that the paper is soaked and stretched before using with Watercolour, watercolour pencils and Acrylics, this is to avoid cockling (buckling) during applications and washes. It easily accepts the light wash or heavy application of paint, dries quickly and allows for multiple layers.