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Re: papers for gum

Laura it's hard to say if one hasn't used the paper recently because they keep changing -- also it's my experience that which side of the paper you use is an enormous variable (I forget what they call the side that comes off the blotter, but it can be very different from the side that gets rolled).

Also, just to complicate things, *your* method of sizing can affect the papers differently from my method of sizing -- or not sizing.

That said, my own favorites have included Saunders Waterford, and Hahnemuhl's Merten Spiese. But for large prints only -- it has too much texture for small prints. (Hahnemuhl is a company which makes excellent papers, probably a dozen quite different ones). If you're not printing very large, try Somerset Velvet... (large prints seem to ask for more weight). Fabriano Uno used to be my favorite but I don't know what it's like now, as I still have a supply. Rives BFK is a great workhorse paper, but has no no snob value.

Actually any watercolor paper is worth a try... As for how the paper dries, that's not necessarily definitive... you can flatten it out in a book press.... And did I say try the other side if you don't like the texture?

meanwhile, enjoy...


On Fri, 28 Sep 2007, Laura Valentino wrote:

Hi All,
Since the list seems to be in gum-mode, I thought I'd ask what papers you are using. I started with Lanaquarelle, both hot and cold pressed, because it came with my "gum print kit". I think it is a rather nice paper, but then I decided to try Fabriano Artistico 600 gsm (at the suggestion of Hamish Stewart) as the idea of a heavy paper that dries flat appealed to me. It's wonderful for that...but I've come to the conclusion that it's not really a very beautiful paper (to each his own). The hot pressed is just sooo smooth and flat and the cold pressed has an very regular lumpy texture that I don't like.

I see that Loris (and maybe others) have tried Masa paper...I went online and see that it is very lightweight. It doesn't buckle?

There isn't a huge selection of papers here locally, some brands that are available are Waterford, Dahler Rowney, Schut (I think is how the woman on the phone spelled it) and Hannemuhle. Has anyone used those? Other than that, I'll have to special order, but I'm used to that.