Fluid watercolor blocks offer serious performance at a surprisingly low price. The paper is made in small batches, at slow speeds, at a European mill dating to the 17th century. This manufacturing process results in a sheet that shares much of the working integrity of more expensive mould-made papers. The cold press paper is textured for a classic watercolor look; for a smooth surface, check out Fluid hot press blocks. The "Easy-Block" pads are bound on the front and back edges, so the paper doesn't warp during use but it's easy to remove a page using the two open edges. Pads assembled in the United States.