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. Bockingford is now available in Hot Pressed (HP) in 140lb (300gsm) which has a smooth surface.
Please note that the Extra Rough Bockingford has a similar degree of roughness as any of the other rough papers, the name is a bit misleading as the surface is not rougher than other rough papers.
100% woodfree pulp
Extremely forgiving watercolour paper valued by professional and amateur artists
Available in Hot Press, Not and Extra Rough surfaces
In 90lb, 140lb 200lb and 250lb weights
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Bockingford is a tough and forgiving paper, which is great for all watercolour techniques.
Colours can be lifted if applied too dark without heavy staining problems, and the internal sizing means you do not always need to stretch the paper.
Tip: wipe the surface with a clean sponge dampened in warm water, and begin painting once this has dried. It makes the paint go on more smoothly and stops the hard edges appearing.
Great paper which allows lifting off as it doesn't absorb as much as some papers do. Also good for using masking fluid which rubs off well. If stretching, soak this 140lb paper for at least ten minutes before taping down and it won't cockle no matter how much water you throw at it. Although it's called extra rough, the surface isn't very rough, but still has a nice texture.
I paint on a commercial basis, selling my work at local markets.
Having sold over eighty pieces in the past year, I have to say that the 'Bockingford' paper used, whilst middle-of-range from the 'Price' point of view, performs infinitely better than the price would suggest.