|Pasadena City Hall. Handmade paper|
One of my favorite toned papers is Canson, Mi-Teintes. Even though it’s normally used for pastel and charcoal, it handles watercolor beautifully. The paper has a 65% rag content, 98 lb. weight and is gelatin sized making it sturdy enough for watercolor. The paper has two surfaces: smooth or lightly toothed. I like the toothed side.
|My editors cat,"Stripes". Toned paper|
1. Use less water to avoid excessive warping.
2. Your colors will look different. Why? Transparent watercolors allow the tone of the paper to show through. I like how it creates color harmony.
3. Select papers that relate to the subject. Example: Warm tan for cat’s fur or cool gray for stormy scene.
4. Add white. White isn’t necessary but when I want to add a lighter value or highlight I have many options: White Gouache / White Pen or Marker / White Ink.
I imagine a few people have raised there brow when they read, WHITE PAINT. When it comes to my work I am always pushing the boundaries of what I know and the limits of watercolor. If white was good enough for Sargent, Homer, Turner…it’s good enough for me. I’ve heard people say “white is cheating”. If you are entering a transparent watercolor show any opaques (colors or white) isn’t allowed. With that being said, only two transparent societies are in America today, Watercolor West and Transparent Watercolor Society of America. All other watercolor societies allow white (along with pastel, acrylic, collage, ink…). Purely transparent paintings are unique and deserve a show of their own.
I’ve included a video for you. I think it will answer a lot of questions about papers, supplies, techniques... If the video doesn't upload please use this link to view on my YouTube Channel.
If you don’t see a link you’ll need to do the research on your own.
Canson Mi-Teintes Pad with assorted colors.
White Pitt by Faber-Castell
Sharpie Marker: Water Based, Extra Fine
Please let me know your thoughts and experiences with different kinds of toned paper and white pens or paint. Have fun trying something new.
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