Thursday, 11 February 2010
I bought a pack of Arches 300gsm Hot Press watercolour papers.
It's so perfect for not only watercolour but also line work by nib.
I'd been using Saunders Waterford 300gsm with rough surface since I was a student.
It's great for watercolour and a little bit cheaper than Arches. I love looking at this rough surface catching watercolour wash and then slowly creating bleeding effect by itself.
However I couldn't manage to do a nib drawing on this paper. Nib couldn't move on a rough surface smoothly and I'd end up getting blobs of ink and ruining whole image. (I call it nib's poop)
Now I can do nib endlessly. When I first got my nib, it felt so great I couldn't stop drawing all night.
I can imagine me doing more detailed watercolour work on this paper.
Or maybe I could make artist books!
Good reminder for me of how important it is to choose the right materials.
More detailed images are on my etsy shop