This sketch was started while awaiting the other sketchers for yesterday’s outing. They arrived quite soon after I started so I only got the pencil sketch and some of the ink sketch completed. The rest was finished at home from a photo.
I’d started a sketch of a Lady Slipper orchid. I messed it up while painting. I had also forgotten to use my new “Pen & Ink” brand sketchbook. So I redid the orchid painting from my photo taken at the Conservatory and did it in the new sketchbook.
Sad to say, I do not like the “Pen & Ink” brand sketchbook (see 26 December post). I have to agree with this reviewer when she writes, “I just don’t like the way they [watercolors] go down on this paper. The paper seems to absorb water in an odd way- a little too quickly, which makes mixing on the paper difficult. Blending ends up ill-defined…..Once the paint is dry, it seems to be quite difficult to re-activate the paint. Swirl over a painted section a few times and the paper gets a little crumbly.
Moleskine is 110 lb paper and this is 122 lb. But Moleskine feels heavier to the touch. I really noticed the difference. The fibers lift off when drafting tape edges are pulled off. Same for blue painter’s tape. It can’t be scrubbed at all. Again, the fibers get crumbly. I don’t like the flower painting but I’m not (yet) skilled enough to know whether it’s my technique or the paper. Though in her Daniel Smith Beginning Watercolor class, Molly Murrah said, “You can do a bad painting on good paper but you can’t do a good painting on bad paper”.
Well, that’s out as an alternative to a bound book. I guess it’s back to any suitable spiral bound sketch book. There are a couple I’ve found.