Durable and reliable support…with beautiful texture effects as a result of air bubbles trapped in the surface that are released with water.
Stands up well to graphite and erasing without noticeable surface damage. Graphite erases more easily and more completely on newer surface. Pencil mark remains visible and clear when wet
The ‘white’ of the surface I would describe as a neutral or subdued white (almost warm) Ivory color when compared to a standard white… that lends itself well to complement pigments/ pleasing color. Similar in color to most ‘rough’ or cold pressed heavy weight watercolor papers, particularly Arches. Coarse and assertive, somewhat ‘gritty’ texture.
Paint went on smooth with even drying of flat and graded washes, resulting in less backruns and blossoming.
Even when saturated, backruns and blossoming were minimal.
Pigments (even staining pigments) lifted cleanly. I would need to test using heavier glazes to compare lift ability.
Pigments maintained their color and intensity…and compared to paper the intensity, value, and chroma are enhanced on this surface.
More "testing" to come...and the excitement of a new and improved surface...