Re: papers for gum
Laura, since no one else seems to be jumping in here, I'll jump in while I'm still at the computer.
If you don't like a very smooth, flat paper, you wouldn't like my favorite paper (Arches Bright White hot press); it has a very smooth crisp surface, and unlike other hot-press watercolor papers I've used, keeps its smooth surface through repeated soakings.
I'm not sure which Fabriano Artistico you've used. I tried Artistico years ago (the old Artistico) and didn't like its texture. A lot of people seem to like Artistico Extra-White, but I don't find its surface texture to my liking at all (as you said, each to his own), although I do think it's a good paper for beginners because it's easy to coat (my paper is a real bear to coat smoothly).
Of the ones you listed, the only one I have experience with is Waterford, and I didn't care for it (not because of printing characteristics but because of surface texture) but that's very subjective. As you've gathered, paper choice is a very subjective thing, and may require some trial and error.
On Sep 28, 2007, at 8:09 AM, Laura Valentino wrote: