I'm getting a lot of enquiries from botanical artists as to what progress has been made with "the Fabriano Artistico story" and the major change in how the paper behaves.
Below you will find
Fabriano Artistico and Botanical Art - the story so far
Fabriano Artistico has been much favoured by botanical artists for very many years. For many years it has been a surface which stands up to the demands of those wanting to create very precise paintings of botanical specimens
Then something changed. You may not have read my previous posts on this topic.
Plus I did an update for the Society of Botanical Artists Winter Bulletin - an extract from which summarises what has happened since the meeting with Fabriano last summer.
Fabriano have done some trials since the meeting. To date they have been unsuccessful at identifying what needs to be different to produce the old surface. This means no prospect of a change back to the old surface in the near future.
Very many botanical artists have been discussing the changes they have detected in the HP surface of NEW supplies of Fabriano Classico 5 - and also Fabriano Artistico - in recent months.
There's rather a lot of botanical artists who are not very happy with the change.
This morning I published a post on Making A Mark which summarises the current situation as I understand it.
Fabriano, R K Burt and St Cuthberts Mill - and fine art watercolour paper for precision painting - summarises:
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