So the other day I was in Wet Paint and I saw a pad on display—Fabriano Mixed Media Paper in a 9 x 12 inch pad from Savoir Faire. There were 150 sheets in the pad. It was on sale for $15.99. (Which meant each sheet was about 10 cents which is a great deal when you go through paper like I do.)
I bought some, brought it home, and liked it so much after just making this one sketch that I talked about the pad on my Instagram account.
Then I made the video at the bottom of this post.
Before posting today I learned that Wet Paint had sold out of the pads. Whether they can get more is still up in the air.
But on my Instagram feed someone mentioned that she found this paper under the DeSerres store label in Canada.
Look, it’s not like I have spies everywhere, but I do happen to have a favorite student in Canada. He went to his local DeSerres store and picked up a pad and sent me a couple sheets of the paper.
I’ve looked at them under a loop and they have the same texture. They seem like the same weight. (I’ll have Dick measure it when he gets home; I don’t know where he keeps his micrometer.)
I am 95 percent sure they are the same paper.
So while we don’t know yet if we’ll be able to get the paper in the US again, at least Canadians can check out the paper and enjoy it as I explain in the video.
If Wet Paint gets more of these pads I’ll let you know.
If you enjoy watching someone testing paper (I know that’s a limited group of people), and following my thought process about what I’m looking for in a mixed media sketch paper then I encourage you to take a look at the video.
I include a tape test to see how this paper holds up to masking with two different types of artist tape. That’s actually the reason I made the video—I love pulling tape off on camera, waiting to see if the paper tears! We all have to have our hobbies.
If the video doesn’t show up in the post you can view it at this link in YouTube.