The Fontaine hot-pressed is a 100% cotton paper with gelatine. This smooth paper offers a surface particularly well adapted for detailed and precise watercolour works such as portraits. It is a perfect mixed media surface which gives brightness and shine to pigments.
Traditionally, Fine Art papers were produced exclusively with cotton, which guaranteed the best stability. Modern day techniques have seen advancements in wood-cellulose papers, giving them the same quality of preservation. Cotton fibers, as found in Fontaine paper, are hollow, so they have a better capacity of absorption of water particularly interesting in watercolour. This paper facilitates retouching, has outstanding light reproduction and retains colour transparency. The grain has been designed to enhance the background.