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Sandra & Kate (kate, we’ve already talked about this I know! 🙂 I’ve had problems with Fabriano paper being too delicate. The sheets do the same thing. Never tried their sketchbook format, but I don’t care for what I have tried. (140# & 300#) It is also highly absorbent so color fades a lot. I didn’t move past the few sample sheets that I tried. Just wasn’t worth it to me.
William, I love what you do! I can honestly say that I love, love, love trying new watercolor supplies including papers, but I will also honestly state that I can be a bit of a stick in the mud when it comes to what I like. I’m particular!
I’m absolutely smitten with Saunder’s Waterford CP (NOT) in nearly any weight. Just perfectly lovely stuff! I also like their hot pressed. I think what I prefer is a rather hard sized paper that offers a lot of flow and lift and can take a lot of abuse. I also like Hahnemühle’s Cezanne (140# CP), but my paper soulmate is Waterford.
I’d love to take advantage of your discount right now, so thanks for offering that (very kind!) but I’m swamped with wc papers. It’s good to know that your company is out there for future reference, so thanks again!