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St Cuthberts Mill – finest English Watercolour Papers

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 have been making paper on the same site since the 1700’s. Surrounded by green fields and quiet country lanes of the English countryside, in the beautiful county of Somerset. We are located by the ancient Cathedral City of Wells, which is close to the mystic town of Glastonbury (the legendary resting place of King Arthur).

Precision manufacturing of St Cuthberts Mill English Watercolour Paper

Paper Surfaces

HOT Pressed

Hot Pressed paper tends to be favoured by artists that like to work delicately and with a lot of subtle detail, for example botanical artists. It is the least textured surface, and is completely smooth as it is pressed between 2 hot metal rollers. It is also favoured by artists who will want to reproduce their watercolour on smooth paper.

NOT (Cold Pressed)

Not and Cold Pressed paper amount to the same textured surface – this is the name given to paper with has a slight tooth to it. It is the most popular surface for watercolour painters as it allows for a little texture in your work, as the paint will sink a little into the dimples on the surface of the paper, but it will also be sympathetic to some detailed work.


Rough surface paper is pressed between sheets of textured felt during the drying process, which is why it has a felt like texture. The heavier ingrain of texture means that granulating (irregular colour application) effects are enhanced. This paper surface is not recommended for those interested in detailed work and is more suited to bolder, more expressive painting techniques.

Papers to meet all budgets and styles

Bockingford® Watercolour Paper

Wood & Acid Free


Internally Sized

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.

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.

Saunders Waterford® Watercolour Paper

Archival, Wood & Acid Free

100% Cotton

External Gelatine Sizing

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.

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Alcohol Inks

If you like to work with vibrant colours to create abstract work then Alcohol Inks are something you should look at. They come in a stunning array of colours and go a long way! Used with our own brand blending solution you can achieve remarkable results.

You can further embellish your work using alcohol based marker pens (such as Promarkers and Promarker Brush pens). If you like a bit of bling you can choose to use the mixatives available in metallic (mixative) shades. these don’t blend in the same way as other colours but can add depth and iridescence. For outlining we suggest the Posca acrylic markers – once your work is dry and before varnishing.

Alcohol Inks are suitable to work on non absorbent surfaces, such as Glass, Ceramic Tiles or Yupo (plastic) paper. We recommend the use of a water based varnish to protect your work.

800Alcohol Ink on Ceramic Tile (Credit to artist Rebecca Yoxall)

You can browse our range or Alcohol Inks here:

Surfaces for use with Alcohol Inks:

Accessories for use with Alcohol Inks:

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Artists Canvas

At Northwich Art Shop we are passionate about meeting our customers needs. Sadly sometimes we have to be realistic and due to the difficulties in handling we are unable to ship Canvases beyond our local area.

We can however offer free delivery (over £20).

Here is a list of Canvas and Canvas boards that we generally carry in stock please do contact us for an up to date stock list and current pricing :

SKUProd CodeName
943769681706224013Artist Canvas Board 20X20cm
943769681876224020Artist Canvas Board 30X30cm
943769681946224026Artist Canvas Board 40X40cm
943769682006224038Artist Canvas Board 50X50cm
943769682176224050Artist Canvas Board 60X60cm
50125720083416224102Artist Canvas Board 7X5″
50125720083586224108Artist Canvas Board 10X8″
50125720108706224110Artist Canvas Board 12X10″
50125720083726224112Artist Canvas Board 14X10″
50125720087786224114Artist Canvas Board 16X12″
50125720087856224116Artist Canvas Board 18X14″
50125720087926224120Artist Canvas Board 20X16″
50125720088086224124Artist Canvas Board 22X18″
50125720088156224128Artist Canvas Board 24X18″
50125720088226224130Artist Canvas Board 24X20″
50125720088396224131Artist Canvas Board 26X18″
50125720088466224134Artist Canvas Board 30X20″
8849550484436201002 Canvas Cotton 10X12″
8849550484506201003 Canvas Cotton 10X14″
8849550485046201008 Canvas Cotton 12X16″
8849550485596201013 Canvas Cotton 14X18″
8849550485806201016 Canvas Cotton 16X20″
8849550485976201017 Canvas Cotton 16X22″
8849550486106201019 Canvas Cotton 18X24″
8849550496246201022 Canvas Cotton 20X24″
8849550486586201023 Canvas Cotton 20X30″
8849550486896201026 Canvas Cotton 24X30″
8849550486966201027 Canvas Cotton 24X36″
8849550487196201029 Canvas Cotton 28X36″
8849550487336201031 Canvas Cotton 30X40″
8849550487406201032 Canvas Cotton 30X48″
8849550489246201050 Canvas Cotton 100X100cm
8849550489936201057 Canvas Cotton 20X20cm
8849550490206201060 Canvas Cotton 30X100cm
943769526366201061 Canvas Cotton 30X120cm
8849550490446201062 Canvas Cotton 30X30cm
8849550490686201064 Canvas Cotton 30X80cm
8849550490756201065 Canvas Cotton 40X100cm
943769526506201066 Canvas Cotton 40X120cm
8849550490996201067 Canvas Cotton 40X40cm
8849550491366201071 Canvas Cotton 50X120cm
8849550491436201072 Canvas Cotton 50X50cm
8849550491746201075 Canvas Cotton 60X60cm
8849550492046201078 Canvas Cotton 70X70cm
8849550492286201080 Canvas Cotton 80X80cm
8849550495946201095 Canvas Cotton 18X24″ Deep Edge
8849550496556201101 Canvas Cotton 24X30″ Deep Edge
8849550498226201118 Canvas Cotton 6X12″ Deep Edge
8849550499386201129 Canvas Cotton 20X20cm Deep Edge