I'm also new to Van Dyke, but maybe a couple of days ahead of the originator of the thread. I was pleased to find how easy it was to coat the paper using a hake brush. I understand that the sizing and hardness of the paper are important in this sort of printing, and most texts seem to emphasize the importance of sizing porous art papers before they are used for this kind of printing. For learning, I have been using cheap Strathmore Drawing Paper, available in pads. It's hard enough to be used without sizing, and the results so far, while nothing worthy of exhibition, have been good. One disadvantage is that this paper is single weight and thus is a bit hard to handle when wet and may not dry flat. I routinely double coat the paper because that gives me much better consistency than single coating. I am anxious to hear any other tips you all have.