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Re: Flattening Paper- Mini Tutorial

Laura --
It feels in stiffness quite close to the Arches 140 lb. which is 300 gsm. So I'm going to say that -- and as to hot press - (the store did not label it) but it has a *very slight* tooth to it -- -- though nothing like we think of with high end, high weight watercolor stock. I can just barely, eyes closed, with my fingers, tell the difference between the Arches HP and the Saunders. So it may be their "standard" HP. It is quite creamy in tone.

I prefer, for this work, as smooth a surface as I can get. However, in the cyanotype print the details were sharp and clear.

And, whew, I had not purchased anything to do with art in a store in probably 25-30 years. I had sticker shock -- and had to put back brushes and some tubes of paint. The other sheet of paper I bought was Stonehenge -- the only other kind they had suitable for me.

And here's my attempt yesterday -- it's not exactly going to knock your eyes out but it does look like I wanted it to --
cyanotype with grey gum (Chinese White, Davy's Grey, and Lamp Black) over it.



Laura Valentino wrote:
Hi Clair,
What weight was the Saunders Waterford, do you know? I'm in the process of ordering paper, and the company I'm ordering from has the Saunders in 5 different weights, ranging from 190 to 640 gsm. (your paper might be measured in pounds, but there is a conversion chart somewhere online) I have tried Fabriano Artistico in 640...and it definitely did not buckle, but it is like card stock, expensive and seems like overkill for me.

I had just about decided on ordering Fabriano and Somerset Satin in 300 gsm, and now I'm considering adding the Saunders Waterford. Did you get hot or cold press? Has anyone tried Somerset Satin (for gum)?

Thanks! Laura

Well, yesterday, having accumulated 4 or 5 errands (gas conservation going on here) to do in the nearest city (35 miles) with an art supply store, I went there and bought one sheet of Saunders Whatman -- and have just gone though a cyanotype to the drying stage and voila! The sheet is still flat and ready for the gum. Temporarily very happy camper here. And if this sucker comes out as I see it in my mind, I will post it where you can gawk if so inclined!

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