Montval® is a paper that was designed by the painter Gaspard Maillol, nephew of the sculptor Aristide Maillol, and manufactured by Canson® at his request at the beginning of the 20th century. Since then, the paper has acquired new qualities. Acid-free, with excellent longevity, treated against mould and free of any optical brightening additives, this is a superior quality watercolour study paper that is very easy to use thanks to its excellent “touch-up” (ability of a paper to be brush washed for correction). Montval® can be corrected by scratching, without fluffing. It is suitable for all wet techniques: watercolour, gouache, acrylic. These properties make it a paper that is accessible to everybody.
Thanks to its large dimensions (1.52 x 10 m), the roll is suitable for all situations; it can easily be cut and its format personalized.
The cold pressed paper allows relief effects at the same time as a highly delicate finish. The lightly grained texture reflects light well, preserving the transparent qualities of the watercolour. It is the easiest surface to work on.
300 g/m² is the most classic weight (not too fine, not too thick). It resists tearing that may sometimes occur with more lightweight papers. The amount of water is easier to measure when using papers of a superior weight. It is a well-balanced option when all of the subtleties of watercolour have not yet been mastered.