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 hot press paper has a smooth surface, suitable for watercolor illustration, pen drawing, and crisp-edged shapes. For traditional textured watercolor paper, check out Fluid cold 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.