It was black, smooth, acid-free, 12x18" and CHEAP (50 sheets/$3.85), so what's the risk in giving it a try? They don't carry any of the fine art black paper in pads I was looking for, so I had to settle for this: construction paper. Yep, the stuff kids use in elementary school to make things.
I used my #220 sandpaper on it, and the resultant texture was much rougher than the Strathmore black papers. If not for the fact it is probably not lightfast and it's not quite as thick as the Strathmore, I'd be content using it. Not that the lightfast issue really matters that much since so little of the paper shows.
|Towards Barnroof Point|
I really dislike the blue for the cliff shadows in the second painting, but I just didn't have the right shade of gray I needed. Despite their shortcomings, they were satisfying to produce.
Coincidentally, the local art supply store finally came through with the pad of black Artagain I ordered over 2 weeks ago, so now I can go back to that for my black paper fixes.