So, for me, negatives were beginning to outweigh the positives. The solution? I bought a packet of Quill Board (100 x A4) - it is a 200gsm paper, clean white with a very smooth surface.
I am loving it! As I finish my drawings I just date them and put them in a manilla folder. I figure that I'll just bind them when I've accumulated enough pages. Scanning is easy. So far it is looking like a great alternative.
Onto today's drawing: Wheat Ribbons - this is the piece I sketched out when working through my Surrealistic Sunflower drawing block piece (previous post).
I have a bit of a thing for drawing wheat, I love those spiky bits (awn?)