Arches Text Laid—A Paper Review

February 18, 2015


Above: Pentel Brush Pen with pigmented ink, washes with their dye-based brush pen, color added with Montana Marker then sketched over with the pigmented ink brush pen.

As promised on Monday, I'm writing a review of Arches Text Laid today. Well at least I would have if I had not already told you most of what I thought about this paper in Monday's post. Click on that link and scroll down to the last 4 paragraphs after the heading "Something About Arches Text Laid."

So today I decided to post some of my favorite sketches from the book I'd made using this paper. The first image above is interesting to me because while I was sketching the face I squeezed the squeezy pen too hard and made a big blop of ink on the right-hand page. (Breast of the Crow.) 

Well the good news folks is that it didn't seep through this hardy, yet lightweight paper.

But the bad news was I had a blop of ink on my page.

So I just made up a batik wall hanging. You can do that you know.

150106_Line-MaleLeft: A quick Pentel pigmented brush pen sketch (fine-tipped squeezy pen—put it down Stendahl and walk away…). This paper loves the rich black ink.

The other two images are added so that when you click on them you can see that the paper loves black ink and really holds a nice textured line, but also so that you can see the "see-through."

Long ago I gave up on giving up on lightweight papers if there was see through. If I enjoyed working on the paper even if there was see through then I kept using it.

And I would have kept using this paper too, if I hadn't been told it was discontinued. 

If you would like a lightweight paper for bookbinding and visual journaling that isn't discontinued you can always turn to Arches Text Wove/Velin. The pebbly texture is also lovely to work on.

150118_A_ManLeft: Click on this sketch to blow it up and you'll clearly see a rather unhappy woman on the next page, showing through. Take a moment to look at this man's hair too. You don't get that "assist" from just every paper. Sigh.

As for the texture of this paper, it's also a bit pebbly as you can tell from the ink lines (especially on the last two images) but it has the traditional laid pattern on the paper—it's like there are vertical rows and between those rows you can see horizontal rows like a ladder. It's the way the screens used to be made before the invention of Wove paper in 1757—a stellar day for papermaking and for artists, because with some laid papers no matter what you do when you paint on them that laid texture shows through—look closely at Albrecht Dürer's work, or look at some of the early "student" work of J.M.W. Turner (and you'll know why he wrote begging for more samples when one of the local paper companies came out with a wove watercolor paper).

Things change. Things disappear.

You get accustomed to this in life. So I shrug and close the blog post and go back to the paper that's still available…it was nice while it lasted.

  1. Reply

    I am a lover of laid paper. Have a small supply of Arches Text Laid and I do like it very much. Conte is my favourite thing to use on it. Your drawings up there are the bomb. That hair in the last one!

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