For the first time ever I tried Arches 100% cotton watercolor paper. OMG. Why did no one ever explain to me how wonderful this stuff is? I used one of those handy 40% off Michaels coupons so it felt more affordable. But wow--this is marvy. I don't think I can go back. I paired that with some new M. Graham watercolors and I was in heaven creating some thread sketched atc's. I have found that I may need to order some additional colors because my yellow is too opaque and combined with the blue I don't have the range of greens I need. There is so much to know!