Even though the paper is highly textured on one side and relatively smooth on the other side I enjoy the varied colors within the paper, and I like painting the rough side. I think it ads to the richness of the painting. I'm working on one with Giraffes now, but I also want to try painting an owl. I'm trying to clean and organize my home and studio by day, and paint by night. There is never enough time in a life time to do everything we want to do. I never thought life would go by so quickly. I'm glad I created something magical for you!