A 100% cotton warm-toned fine art paper with a wonderfully smooth surface texture.
Ilford's lovely new fine art paper, Sonora, is a warmer toned smooth cotton paper.
It's definitely one of the most warm tone papers we sell (very similar to Hahnemuhle Bamboo in tone) - and that warmth is what makes it so good for expressive, fine art work - particularly black and white work photogrpahic portraiture work, but it's also equally at home with art reproductions of originals (sketches, charcoals, etc) - made on warmer toned art papers.
It's really lovely and we expect this one to become very popular!
The ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Cotton Sonora - manufactured exclusively from cotton fibres - lends images a particularly intensive impression due to its lightly structured surface. The pleasant, soft haptic and the natural white colouring of the paper correspond to that of traditional art print paper.
The surface texture is wonderfully smooth and velvety and is acid and OBA free.
It is predestined to produce dramatic art prints, reproductions, artistic photos, exhibition prints, posters, exclusive invitations and interior decorations in colour or in black and white.
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Papers are constructed in two main ways:
Resin Coated papers are the modern approach. These use less fibre and replace the fibre with resin (a nice name for plastic). This means these papers are cheap, strong and robust, but tend to be less attractive to the touch and accept less ink. They tend to have a clinical appearance and it's hard to write on the back of them. They tend to be popular in the consumer and wedding/portrait markets.
Fibre Based papers are traditional papers made without plastic, using only plant fibres. These tend to accept more ink and have a more attractive appearance, and these are the papers most of our customers favour.
What is the paper base made from?
In 'gsm' - grams per square metre.
Not, technically, the same as paper thickness, but obviously correlated. The heft of the paper. European art papers are traditionally generally around the 300gsm mark. Asian papers historically tended to be lighter, 100 to 200 gsm.
Papers with a higher GSM tend to have more opacity, i.e. you see less through them.
What is the surface texture of the paper?
We divide this into six groups. We go by the appearance of the actual paper and not what the manufacturer might label the box with!
What is the white tone of the paper?
These days almost all papers are microporous coated - meaning they'll accept inks from both dye based and pigment printers well.
In years past, some papers had a swellable coating - designed to give a greater life to prints with dye based inks but this approach has fallen out of favour.
What ink type (dye and/or pigments) can you use with the paper?
Also, if using pigment inks and you have a choice, should you use the Matte Black or Photo Black ink?
Does the paper contain chemicals in it to brighten its appearance?
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