We are proud to offer Canson papers and sketchbooks. Canson, the world leader in fine art paper, makes papers for drawing, pastel, watercolor, oil painting, acrylic, graphic arts, printmaking, digital art & photography, etc. Canson was founded in 1557 by the Montgolfier family. Rooted in tradition, Canson respects this heritage and its duty to always provide consumers with outstanding paper. The Montgolfier brothers invented the first hot-air balloon in 1782. However, first and foremost, they were paper manufacturers. Over the centuries, the company created numerous manufacturing processes such as the Hollander beater to tear up rag, pulp dying to obtain uniform coloured paper, etc. They also innovated with vellum paper, then tracing paper in 1809. In 1865, Canson obtained a patent for a photo paper which simplified printing operations. Canson continues to offer products in keeping with consumer expectations: Canson sketch books, school packs, technical drawing paper, fine art printing paper, papers for digital art printing and photos, and more.