Sometimes the white of the paper just says more than
all the colors in your paint tubes. I enjoy Fabriano Artistico
Extra White 140 lb. CP or SP. I really like the bright white
of this paper and the softer surface. Arches has come out
with a bright white paper as well, since it's original paper
has an off-white hue...Then there is the sizing issue..internal,
external, animal sizing or vegetable...The more sizing to the
paper the "harder" the surface and less bleeding of pigments.