Fabriano states that the soft press is somewhere between its hot press and its cold pressed paper. I wanted to try it out for myself with a quick sketch. I started the most typical Venetian scene possible: gondolas facing San Giorgio's. I may or may not complete this small 5"X 7" painting, but I am ready to share the following observations :
- has a texture similar to most CP papers: in other words, it is not as slick as most Hot Press. You don't have the impression of being on a skating rink.
- allows for extremely easy lifting of paints. For example, on the main gondola cover, most of the highlights were achieved by lifting of paint, either while wet or once it had dried. I loved that feature of this paper. This probably makes the paper closer to HP than CP.
- should be ideal for florals
- is probably not the best for texture , although this is only an assumption on my part since I have not yet tried to achieve any special texture effects on this paper. Any comments about this?
- is a lot more economical in Ottawa, Canada than any of the Arches paper ( almost half the cost of the 140 lb CP Arches).
I would be very interested in reading comments from those of you who have painted on this Fabriano 140 lb Soft Press paper.