Re: Feeding frenzy
Well, as for the paper... First, the price- here, Fontenay is hard to find, and costs about the same as Fabriano Artistico 300gsm, ~3€ per full sheet. Meanwhile Arches never runs under 8€ per sheet. And that's about it in here, as far as 100% cotton papers are concerned.
So I can only compare the Fabriano Artistico HP with the Fontenay. For someone who uses both CP and HP, Fontenay, which is double sided, may be the thing. Though the smoother side has more prominent grain than Artistico HP. Another thing is the Fontenay is, and feels, thicker and sturdier. For ACEO size, it never warped or buckled, no matter how much water I threw at it. Without taping, at that size, it always stayed flat. Fabriano buckles. It is definitely more thirsty of the two, although not nearly as far as a piece of Arches I had a chance to try! I don't like it for my small formats, but seeing how people enjoy Arches, I think it's just my personal preference that many people wouldn't care about. It can withstand some abuse, but when I tried, I certainly could overwork the paper, though I don't think of a way to measure that somehow objectively. Lifting is easy when paper is wet, but pigment sinks deeper into it than into the Fabriano- which means color dulls a bit more when drying, and is very difficult to remove once dry. That makes it better for glazing than Fabriano, on which pigment lifts readily even when fully dry. Glazing is maybe the most important thing that would make me prefer Fontenay over Fabriano. I haven't tried masking/pouring technique on Fabriano yet, but I think the mask would be able to lift pigment off of areas with liftable pigments- something I observed only minimally on Fontenay. As it also happens with such thirstier papers, washes are smoother on the Fontenay. People say it is good for detailing, but I find Fabriano significantly better in that matter!
I tried the Fontenay first, but after trying Fabriano, I felt that overall experience suited me much more than Fontenay- after using up last several ACEO blanks I have of Fontenay, I don't think I'll buy more. But if I change the style I work in, Fontenay will be a paper definitely worth reconsidering!
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Last edited by kailavmp : 01-09-2017 at 02:50 PM.