more robust Sandra. It's 150gsm and a tougher surface that will take much more working on it. That's the same weight as their alpha, which is lovely even though I like the heavier Beta even more.
I've been playing a bit with different media in it this morning (when I should be doing a lot of other things!)
Charcoal, gouache and inks work beautifully on it. Pastel pencils are good as long as you don't want to build lots of layers - you wouldn't expect to be able to on a paper like this, but it holds well for touches of colour used alongside drawing. Coloured pencils are ok, I've only tested with Coloursoft so far but expect the Polychromos (out in my car at the moment, along with my watercoloiurs) to show much more vibrantly. Biro, pencil, tinted charcoal etc are good. The gold ink actually works well but the scanner doesn't show that.
The grain is finer than Strathmore, the paper much stronger, not disintegrating with too much water or bleeding through to the next page. The binding is strong so it will stand up to being crammed into bags to take out etc. The way that S&B prime the paper leaves a lovely surface to work on.
I always do tester scribbles like this with new paper to see what I can/can't do with it before discovering in the middle of a sketch that I've spent time on!