A rather decent-sized box of goodies came from Blicks a few days ago.
Oil paint, canvas, new brushes, metal paper, and some different brands of paper.
The first thing I had to do was try out "Lanaquarelle" 140lb cold press paper. I'd heard that it was a little smoother than Arches, but not completely lacking in texture like a hot-press surface.
I dug out an old public domain image of Deanna Durbin that I'd held onto for some time, and before long I'd sketched & painted her likeness on the new paper.
The blending was easy, the surface soft. It handled water and pigment well. I didn't do much "lifting out" so I can't report on it just yet in that department.
Overall though, I really like it for small detail work, and will likely be using it more often for future ACEO paintings. You can view and/or purchase Deanna Durbin ACEO at www.christydekoning.Etsy.com