Okay, the Canson sketch pad is close to my budget range (nice if it came in small increments, but I can live with $20). I've never found a local source for Platine (even in Seattle, when I lived there), and I don't want to pay that kind of money in any case (though I presume those are pretty large sheets); certainly not without examining the paper! Yes, I know, everyone says it works well for almost all alt processes -- but it doesn't fit my budget at all well; for that kind of money I could buy foam-core, which will stay nice and flat and has an almost-glossy surface.
Ole, is the Canson fiber reinforced, or otherwise treated so it dries reasonably flat after getting wet? Or am I worrying too much about that (envisioning the mess that results if ordinary notebook or writing paper gets wet)?