I used 70% isopropyl for all my testing. I did forget to mention that water worked quite well on both of them for me, and yes your advice to test first is excellent. When I was first starting out I picked up what I thought was the lowest (student?) grade of Wallis and proceeded to hit it with some water. The grit literally floated off the page leaving a smooth white paper surface! There were no markings on the back of the paper so I am unsure as to what brand it was, but my wife says the only sanded papers she ever bought were Wallis.
Pastel Premier is a product of Global Art Materials / Hand*Book Paper, and is currently sold by most of the art supply sellers on the web as well as on pre-made panels by ProArtPanels.com
It is a fairly new paper that I believe was developed to fill the gap left by the absence of the Wallis brand.
Pastel Premier is a truly unique 100% Cotton/Archival Quality pastel paper. It is double primed and coated with an aluminum oxide created for Pastel Premier to produce an ideal surface for pastel painting. A final seal coat makes this paper extremely durable and able to withstand almost any measure of scrubbing or reworking. The paper works with a wide range of media as an underpainting and accepts as many as 25 layers of pastel.
• Heavy 145lb. / 310 gsm paper
• 3 surface types
• Archival Quality
• Available in sheets / rolls / pochettes
• Made in USA
Interestingly, the printing on the packaging reads differently than what is on the web site shown above, though no liquids are mentioned by name, the packaging text does use the word WET.
- The paper works with a wide range of wet media as an underpainting and accepts as many as 25 layers of pastel.
I based my testing on what Dakota says about the paper on their web site. I am waiting for a reply asking if there is some other type of alcohol that does not break down the surface.
- The paper works with a wide range of wet media (water, alcohol, mineral spirits, etc) for under-painting.
Fisher 400 from the source - no mention of alcohol or OMS, though they do say you can use oils on it, so my assumption was OMS would be OK and that proved to be true in my testing, along with alcohol and water.
- Suitable for soft pastels, oil pastels, coloured pencils, acrylics, mixed media and oils
Despite the issue with 70% isopropyl alcohol on the Premier, my wife and I both plan on using Premier 320 and Fisher 400 for most of our work. They are both excellent papers.