I already have one quite big review of paper that I used. You can find it here.
But since I wrote it, I’ve used a few new types of paper and want to share my opinion.
All pictures are clickable.
Fabriano Artistico Hot Press (300 gr/m2 or 140 lbs).
I like it as I like all Fabriano paper which I used. I wrote before about Hot Press Arches paper. I do think they are quite similar in their properties. I haven’t been using Arches for quite a while, so maybe my memory is not so fresh, but at the moment I can’t recollect any difference between the two, except price. Surface is same smooth, dries fast, leaves colours bright and vivid. It seems I forgot to take photo of clean paper, but on the painted one you can still see its texture.
Next comes Fabriano Artistico Cold Press (640 gr/m2 or 300 lbs).
This is my first experience with such a heavy paper. And… it’s wonderful. After you paint on this one, you don’t really want to paint on 300 gr/m2 🙂 But… it’s twice the price. It feels more like a carton, really thick. It seems like it can survive more brushstrokes on it than a 300 gr/m2. It’s a pleasure to paint on it. I noticed though that its surface is smoother than surface of Cold Press Fabriano 300gr/m2. It also seems to me, that two sides of 640 gr/m2 are a bit different, one is more like the 300gr/m2, other one is smoother. I like both, but this is something to know.
And the last one that I’d like to talk about is Fabriano Artistico Rough (640 gr/m2 or 300 lbs).
Well, it’s same as the previous one in terms of its characteristics, but with much rougher surface. And actually, surface is even rougher than that of 300 gr/m2. If I still have some doubts about Cold Press texture differences, I can see a clear difference here. Drying time of this paper is quite long, so if you like painting wet-in-wet it gives enough time for manouvering 🙂
Now, let’s take a look at these different papers together:
That’s it for now, hope this is helpful!