Quote Originally Posted by Donald Qualls
... I'm still looking for a smoother surfaced, "harder" paper that has the same resistance to wetting as this reinforced watercolor paper. I'm tempted to try plain old posterboard -- it's certainly cheap enough to experiment on...
I just tried Strathmore Bristol, a very smooth paper, and the results were quite striking - quite a lot of detail and tonal range compared to what I've gotten in the past with cold press watercolor papers. The surface stayed quite smooth, although there was some minor roughing after all the washing was complete. Overall though, I think I like the results much better than rougher papers.

- Randy