by Mike McNamee Published 01/06/2007
Albrecht Durer 210 ArtLine
With a wonderfully evocative name, this is mouldmade paper utilising 50% cotton rag. Hahnemuhle quotes it as being most suitable for the reproduction of watercolour acrylics and oil art works. It has quite a textured surface in a natural white with no OBAs. The rear surface is also characteristic and seems to reveal the 'chains' of the mould-making process. The comments about William Turner in terms of colour rendition apply also to this media. At 210gsm it is quite a light material, below Fine Art Trade Guild standards for limited edition prints, for example.
White Etching 268 ArtLine
This is a bright white media made with 25% cotton rag by the Fourdrinier process. It has a similar surface to German Etching but with additional brightness, created by OBA inclusion in the coating. Despite having brighteners, it produced some of the best data on skin tones and a very slightly higher Dmax than its companions, although do not buy on that basis - we are talking small variations around already good data here! The prints have a nice clean, open feel to them with the brighter base, which would make this a good paper for the monochrome enthusiast. There was no profile available for this media on the Hahnemuhle website and so we used our own bespoke profile made with Photo Rag. We subsequently obtained more samples and made a bespoke profile. This produced even better
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