Update on Fabriano Artistico – 1st February 2017

Hello everyone,

I thought it was time to write an update on the Fabriano Artistico paper situation.

Unfortunately, for the moment, the report is that there is nothing much to report on the paper front. The October earthquake in Italy hit the Pioraco Mill and the roof collapsed, damaging some of the machinery. Fortunately nobody was hurt but paper production at the mill has stopped. The other Fabriano mills have to make up for the loss of production and are working extra shifts to cover. This means no time for experiments… at least for the next few months. It will still happen, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer, probably after the summer.

In the meanwhile, here is a work in progress on Fabriano Artistico.

My thanks to Chiara from Fabriano for the info. I will post more news here about Fabriano Artistico next time I have something to report…

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2 Responses to Update on Fabriano Artistico – 1st February 2017

  1. Kikyz says:

    Hi Sandrine!
    I just found your article about the Fabriano Artistico paper and it was such a GIGANTIC relief! I’m a draftwoman as well (because refering myself as ‘fine artist’ is awful haha) but, recently I ordered a batch of Fabriano Artistico (after my 2015 batch ran out) and I was staggered with the lowered quality of the paper. At first I thought I’ve lost the touch and I could not do anything good anymore, but I’ve recenty made some tests on the paper and found your blog and I was saved, it was the paper.
    Now I am in the tast of finding a paper that acomplishes what my beloved Fabriano artistico traditional white hot press used to do and found in another blog that Sauders Waterford hot press is a fine replacement. Have you tried it? or have you find another brand of paper that makes you happy?

    Thank you so much for reporting news about this, I really hope Fabriano make adjustments to their paper!

    Cheers!
    Kikyz.

    • Sandrine says:

      Hi Kikyz, the Saunders Waterford Hot Pressed is great, but not as “pressed” as the Fabriano Artistico. Its texture lies somewhere between a Hot Pressed and a Cold Pressed. However, Saunders Waterford has recently released their Bockingford range in Hot Pressed (so far it was only available in NOT). I have been testing it and I like it very much. Definitely worth a try.
      Happy painting,
      Sandrine

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