Pros and cons

Up to now I have been fortunate enough to have had a stock of Fabriano 5 to work with, that’s pretty much used up now apart from small pieces, so I have to get to grips with some new paper. So I’m going to write down my thoughts as I try out papers and I will assemble my notes or come back to this to add to it as I try out other stock.


I have been trying out Arches, I don’t think I have painted on Arches since my evening class days at RBGE, Generally it’s great, I am enjoying working on it!

Nice crisp lines
Good movability of paint
Slightly soft velvety feel when you apply dry brush

It’s a bit too cream
Graphite can stain it once the surface has been drawn on and rubbed out a lot