Love to paint these pots and I like writing on this cheap watercolor paper. I think it is Canson but it is smooth enough to write on but still takes a watercolor pretty good. One of these days I am going to take out my 300 lb paper and PAINT! The Arches 300 lb is the crim de la crim of watercolor paper and it is expensive so you don't want to waste it. There are others but you can't beat 300 lb Arches.