Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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watercolor paper

A paper designed to be used with watercolors. It is a typical drawing paper, either made by hand or machine; tub sized, and machine, air, or loft dried. The paper has a hardsized surface, and a texture designed to enhance the absorption of watercolors so that they will not run or penetrate too deeply into the paper. When intended for use with oil paints, the paper is made to simulate the surface of canvas. (17 )




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