When I'm looking for a fine art paper with a crisp, clean, and beautifully tactile feel to it, one of my first thoughts is to turn to the William Turner paper from Hahnemühle. This is without question one of my top five papers that I've seen and printed on thus far, have you tried it yet?
If you've explored the world of print, paper choices, or been tuning in to my pieces written about said topics, then you're already familiar with the name Hahnemühle. You know that they have a plethora of different paper options available in a variety of categories ranging from canvas, smooth and matte options, textured papers, and traditional art medium papers for things like water color painting and sketching. I like different things about different papers but generally speaking I've found Hahnemühle to be tried, true, and reliable for delivering quality paper choices.
One of my top five all-time favorite papers (maybe even top three) is the William Turner fine art paper. It's from the line of textured papers, along with Torchon, Museum Etching, Albrecht Dürer, and German Etching®. It is a mould-made paper complete with a distinct and readily visible watercolor texture that jumps out at the viewer upon inspection. I'm a huge fan of watercolor work so any paper that's going to make me think of it is already off to a great start. For my own print work I have always been drawn to the textured options and the William Turner texture both looks and feels great.
The images you see in this article are of a 13x19 print and the paper looks gorgeous. The colors are vivid, the texture is bold and prominent, and the paper maintains a subtle matt appearance that really lends itself to the content of this image. The floral background looks beautiful, alive, and this is exactly the type of image that I would want to print on this type of paper. While you're encouraged to experiment and try different types of content of all kinds of different paper, in my opinion this is a great choice for any image with a natural feel to them.
This paper is available in packages, boxes, and rolls in either 190gsm or 310gsm (grams per square meter, think of it as the weight or thickness of the paper) and is also available in a hand-torn deckled edges format for a more distinct look. Is this a paper that you have printed on before? If so, what did you print and were you happy with the outcome? As you print work whether for clients or for yourself, do you find that you're developing your own short list of favorite papers?