Originally Posted by Kathrin G.
very true Ken
We all got favorites. But we only have them because we tried others and didnt like them enough to tumble the favorite of its position.
Personally, I ordered Stonehenge as I read it was a great paper .... I hated it from the time I touched it, let alone actually used it. Mellotex has a great name and as you can see, Ken loves it and has great success with it. I didnt like it at all. Not saying I am not gonna give it another shot at some stage (still have plenty here), but I definitely wont be rushing to use it.
I used Hahnemühle paper when I started and its great but not smooth enough for me anymore.
My favorite paper is Bristol Board. Different companies produce it but I love the Winsor&Newton one best. It has an extra smooth surface and I just love it.
But I only know that its the best for me because I tried others. I would advice you to try as many as you can get your hands on. Only that way you will find your own perfect match.
I don't care for Stonehenge either. Arches Hot Pressed Water Color paper is my favorite. And yes, that's after trying a whole raft of different types which I ordered from various art supply companies and picked up locally. I like the Mellotex, but for me it's almost too smooth, but it would be great for anything with lots of detail, also Bristol Smooth is great for that as well. I'd say Mellotex is between those two.