I got the call that my Stonehenge new colors paper order had arrived on Wednesday, but couldn't go over to pick it up until Thursday, and couldn't use it until Friday. Sigh. But I have now, and that's all that matters.
I purchased 4 sheets of the icy blue and 6 sheets of the kraft paper brown so that I could make journals. While tearing down the Kraft paper brown I experienced a bit of cracking when folding with the grain, so I have put the remainder of the paper aside to let it rest in my environment. I'm hoping it will "hydrate" up after its trip into town. However, even if there is always a bit of cracking with this paper I have to say that I will use it. I mean, really, look at that color, could there be any doubt?
That leaves only one question: "Got Gouache?"
And if the anwser to that is no, then here's some more good news—Wet Paint is going to start selling Schmincke Horadam Gouache again! In fact it may have already arrived. When I was in on Thursday Darin told me they were expecting it any day.
I would love to think it was the once-a-week gentle reminder missives I've sent Darin (OK, it wasn't once a week, but it was close to that) telling him how wonderful Schmincke gouache is and how it would be great if he brought it back, especially since they've reorganized the store and there is so much more space now! I would also love to think it was the once-a-week, not-so gentle, in-store pleas ("Darin, when are you going to bring Schmincke gouache back?") I've been making (those actually have been weekly). It's more complicated than that, isn't everything. But it sure would be great if you all started painting with gouache now and showed Darin that, "If you stock it they will come." (Apologies to "Field of Dreams.")
Really, if you aren't working in gouache right now, and aren't working with Schmincke gouache right now, why?
Especially when paper of this color and texture exists in the world and is waiting for you. And when there are birds in the world. That's the trifecta of happiness: great paint, great paper, and birds to sketch.
Get busy, time's a wasting.
p.s. You know the drill, if you want to read more about my thoughts on Stonehenge paper, use the blog search engine. Even though I prefer it for sewn on the spine structures I'm going to make this crop of books casebound for reasons I'll write about another day, but like I said, you can find all that elsewhere on the blog…
When working with the Kraft Paper Brown you'll want to be sure to collate your sheets so that the same side of the paper faces its twin across the spread (there is a slight but noticeable color difference between the front and back sides of this sheet, which is typical with a darkly toned sheet like this). See my post on tearing, folding, and collating to match surfaces across spreads.
Also, the link to my first post about the new colors of Stonehenge lists some paper vendors that may be in your area if you aren't near Wet Paint, so I'm giving it to you here again.
And finally, I'm not financially associated with Wet Paint, Legion Paper (the makers of Stonehenge), or Schmincke Horadam Gouache. I'm just a happy girl who loves to paint birds on toned papers with gouache. Which is exactly what I'm going to go back to doing right now!