Arches Oil Paper is as a ready-to-use paper specially formulated for oil painting. Ready to accept oil paint, it requires no gesso, priming or special preparation. It features a powerful & efficient oil barrier that absorbs water, solvents and binders evenly while allowing the paint and pigment to remain on the surface. Made in France, this paper maintains the look and feel of traditional Arches papers. Pads feature a fold-over cover, with pages glued on the short side.