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‘Artistico’ paper is the embodiment of eight centuries of Fabriano papermaking. This exclusive watercolor paper has played the leading role in a long and fascinating story of ingenuity and innovation, always Standing out for its exceptional qualities.


Fabriano Artistico Pads & Blocks

These Fabriano Artistico Watercolor Blocks are gluebound on all four sides and available in cold-press, hot-press and rough grain surfaces. Fabriano Artistico is ideal for watercolor, tempera, gouache, acrylic, ink, charcoal, graphite and drawing; it is also suitable for printmaking. The paper is sized both internally and externally, making it both absorbent and resilient. The paper is mould-made, produced with 100% cotton, chlorine and acid-free, with vegan animal-free surface sizing.


Fabriano Artistico Watercolour Sheets

Fabriano Artistico paper sheets now feature four deckled edges, a detail that will please artists who like to frame the full sheet. The traditional watermark been modernized and reduced in size, and now reads on the front side of the paper. Fabriano Artistico answers the needs of the most discerning watercolorists and now features vegan animal-free surface sizing. Sheets measure 22″ x 30″.

Centuries of History



‘Artistico’ paper is the embodiment of eight centuries
of Fabriano papermaking. This exclusive watercolor
paper has played the leading role in a long and
fascinating story of ingenuity and innovation, always
Standing out for its exceptional qualities.

The reigning “Queen’ of the the vast and renowned
gamut of Fabriano paper products, this paper was
documented in price lists dating back to the end of
the 800’s in the «imperial» size (22×30 inches): the
elassic Anglo-Saxon watercolor paper size (now
96x/6. format, as adopted in all professional papers
today). The name “Artistico” was officially coined
in 1978, when it appeared for the first time in the                                    production records of the mould cylinder machine                                           number 5 of that time.

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The Paper


Artistico watercolor paper is made with 100% cotton
fibers using a mould- cylinder machine.

This one-of-a-kind industrial process, also known as
«mano macchina» (a machine able to make paper
similar to hand-made process), replicates the typical
characteristics of handmade paper.

In this process, a cylinder covered by a finely
perforated mesh, is immersed in a vat where the pulp
is held, (mainly water and cotton). The slow turning
of the cylinder allows the water to pass through                                                      the narrow cylinder wires, gently and randomly
depositing the fibers onto the mesh to form a soft
fabric. Papermakers define such a paper as «Square»,
in as much as the fibers, autonomous in respects                                                      to the direction of the machine, have no geometric

Vegan friendly

Animal gelatin sizing was invented right
here in Fabriano.

A fundamental innovation, which today
has further evolved in the ‘Artistico” paper
by becoming «Vegan friendly».

All of the ingredients used in production
are free of all animal products, as is the sizing,
which is plant-based.

A significant development that is even more
respectful of those who follow a vegan lifestyle.

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