Recently a reader wrote in to the comments section of one of my posts and asked if I had a favorite paper. Since I have been writing about Stonehenge and the limitations I find with it all week, and because not everyone makes it to the comments, I wanted to address this question in a post so that other people could understand my approach. (I actually get questions like this all the time.) So with a little bit of editing for a general audience here are my thoughts on "favorite papers."
I don't really have a favorite paper. Well I do, but it's discontinued so there is no point in talking about it—OK I know someone will write in and ask—it's Barcham Green's Turner's Blue Wove. Barcham Green's Lion's Cover and Dewint are close seconds, but also defunct, though I do have a few books left that I made with those papers. The OLD pre-2000 Folio paper is also a non-existent favorite.
I've spent a lot of time researching papers that work for the way I bind books (either sewn-on-the-spine or casebound). Also important to me is how those papers take the mixed media I want to work with in my visual journal. A paper may be a joy to bind up but if it doesn't perform when I work on it, then there isn't much point in binding it up.
As anyone can tell from reading through my blog posts or paging through selections from the journal gallery on RozWorks.com, I have several favorite papers that I enjoy working on for different reasons.