My 100% cotton watercolor paper ran out. Rummaging through my art supplies box, I found a block of 250g chemical pulp watercolor paper that I must have purchased when I began my watercolor journey. How bad could it be?
Painting the first few strokes was like witnessing the watercolors being sent to a cellulose prison where they remained flat for the rest of their pigmented lives. Two thoughts shot through my head a) a master would surely be able to create a wonderful painting and b) knowing that I was painting on inferior paper rendered me careless. Bothered by the outcome and my being spoiled with good paper, I was thinking of ways to save the painting and add more interest. So I got out my colored pencils and drew over the dried paint. My aim was to shape the landscape and give it more depth where there was a lack thereof. The outcome was quite agreeable.
I decided to repurpose the paper and sketched the same landscape scene with pigmented India ink pens I purchased specifically for this little experiment. Thinking the felt pens would be better suited for this type of paper. The scale for the first sketch was a bit too large, and I felt that the paper, again, would suck the life out of the pens if I didn’t keep the sketches small. After all, pigmented India ink pens are quite pricey.
To conclude this little detour from my usual watercolor endeavors: I do like the mixed media approach with colored pencils over watercolor paint on this particular paper. The India ink pens I will save for thumbnail sketches on smoother, designated paper as I feel the pens would otherwise dry out too fast on the textured surface.
It was fun to get back to sketching; something I tend to neglect. Wishing you lots of joy on your artistic journey and thanks for stopping by — Laureen.