Over the years I have used many kinds of paper for my artwork. At first it really didn't matter to me what I used because I was focused more on the tools I was drawing with. As time went on I started to realize that the paper I was using left a lot to be desired. I started trying out a few different papers and found some favorites for pencil and ink, but I couldn't seem to find a good solution for my mixed media projects.
If you have ever used traditional watercolor paper before then you already know that it takes some time and effort just to prepare the paper for use. Typically you cut the paper larger than you need it to be. Then you wet the paper so it expands. Next you paste the paper down to a board with a special tape that is very strong. Then you let the paper dry over night. As the paper dries it shrinks and stretches on the board so it becomes very smooth and flat. This way when paint is applied to the surface it won't buckle. After you finish painting on the paper, you cut away the edge where it is taped down.
After looking for years, I finally found a solution. It's called Aquarius II watercolor paper from Strathmore Artist Papers. This amazing paper is made with fiberglass strands mixed into the cotton fibers. This makes it resistant to buckling. Because of this, you don't need to pre-stretch the paper. You don't even have to tape it down if you don't want to. It's a wonderful time saver.
I looked around for a good deal and found that Dick Blick had the best price. I wasn't surprised since I have purchased many times from this company before. They always have great products for really good prices.