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Leafless Hydrangea + Palatina paper review | by Michał Kosmulski
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Leafless Hydrangea + Palatina paper review

This Leafless Hydrangea model is a simple modification of Shuzo Fujimoto’s Hydrangea. It’s interesting how a simple change can modify a model’s appearance. Just folding back the petals makes this tessellation look more like some mechanical device than a flower.


I folded this model in order to test a new kind of paper which I ran into at a local art supply store in Warsaw, Poland. It’s Fabriano Palatina paper and my first impressions are very good.


The paper I bought is rated at 100 gsm which is just right for most of the models I fold, but the manufacturer also advertises other weights, from 70 to 230 gsm. The 100 gsm version is reasonably thin for its weight and it folds quite well. While folding the Hydrangea, I had no worries about it tearing.


There is significant anisotropy (difference between folding with and against the grain), as with most machine-made papers. The producer claims this paper to be acid-free and “long life”. One big culprit is that there is just one color, ivory. However, it looks really nice (there is a subtle pattern in the color), and it accepts acrylic paint well. Since the original color is very bright and almost neutral, it is easy to cover it well with paint of almost any color.


My general feeling was that this paper is in many respects similar to Elephant Hide, however it is not coated and the surface is rougher than EH. One big advantage in my case was it being available at a local store and a price about 1/10th of EH (PLN 1.80, about €0.45, for a B1 sheet 100×70 cm). All in all, I think I will be using this paper more often, especially when I plan to paint the paper anyway.

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Taken on March 8, 2017