For this painting I used Canson XL Series and it was the worst experience ever. The paper was so weak and I din’t like its smoothness. I returned whole pad (minus one page) to the store and brought my favorite Canson Montval (140lb, 300g) back. Lately I bought Fabriano paper pad but didn't try it yet. I got this "white paper" fear perhaps. For painting I’m using Reeves. Unfortunately I’ve never had chance to try better brands. Too expensive. How about you? What are you using?