A Different Squash, but Still Gutenberg Paper

November 12, 2012

121018SquashLeft: A different squash made its way into the house. I sketched it with a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy pen. Then I painted it with layers of gouache.

One of the fun things about painting on Gutenberg paper is that the pebbly texture of the paper allows you to include interesting textures in your sketches. As a final touch on this painting I rubbed a dry brush of dark blue paint across various areas of the lighter colors. This helped create shading and round certain areas, and provided an interesting speckled texture to the squash.

    • Catherine Hubbard
    • November 12, 2012

    I especially like this one — my favorite since your most recent rotten eggplant one. Can you expand a bit on the Gutenberg paper? Weight, sizing, full name, source? The Technorati link for it under the post, like all the Technorati links, don’t work for me, probably because my computer is senescent.

    As always, I get a lift and inspiration from your blog. I check it every day. ( Hey, no pressure!)

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    Catherine, I have to admit this is one of my favorite squash sketches as well because of its loose sloppiness. Gutenberg is the full name, it’s a Hahnëmühle paper and is available from Wet Paint if you’re in the Twin Cities (and they’ll do mail order) and just about everywhere else.

    You can also get it from

    The actual page on the paper at that site is here

    The paper comes in 3 weights and I’ve used all three weights for making books successfully, though I tend not to use the 90 gsm very much.

    It depends how you like working with thick or thin papers. If you want a lot of pages in a book without a fat spine than going with the 130 GSM (or the 90 if you wish) is the way to go. I do that with my state fair journals made of this paper. If you want something bulkier that will be more resistent to buckling then the 180 gsm is the ticket.

    All of them work similarly with the media I’ve used on them (media you see me use on the blog all the time) so the choice is really application and thickness of book and structural considerations, not media use.

    Oh, if you collage a lot I’d go with the 180.

    I’m sure there are other folks who sell this paper as it is popular in the book arts community, but Wet Paint and Talas on line are the only two I’m aware of. I’ve ordered from both without any problems.

    Originally I purchased this paper from Daniel Smith, but that was back in the 1990s when they seemed to have a larger paper selection (maybe they still do and just don’t put it in their catalogs—I don’t look on line at DS much).

    If you’re having trouble finding it you might want to contact Legion Paper because they distribute it.

    If you go to their samples page you’ll find that they have a book papers sampler and two drawing paper samplers for sale. I know that Gutenberg used to come in one of the drawing paper samplers but don’t know which one, and I would assume it would come in the book papers sampler—so if you’re just after a sample to test it for yourself you might want to write to them and query which if any samplers the paper is in, and if it is in all three weights in that sampler.

    Hope that’s helpful.

    I think there might be something wrong with my Technorati links thing and I’m sorry. I don’t have time or knowledge to look into that at this time as I’m scrambling with work and family having just returned from a trip, but I appreciate the kind heads up.

    Since you read the blog all the time I think you’ll enjoy my trip report when I can get around to scanning and writing it!!!!

    • Catherine Hubbard
    • November 12, 2012

    Roz, thank you so much for this information! I don’t live in Minnesota — I’m just northwest of Boston — but thanks to your previous info I have ordered from Wet Paint myself several times. They are nice people! I am loving the Richeson recycled watercolor paper in my life drawing class. Really allows a whole new level, and it wouldn’t be possible without the low price and good performance — thank you so much for recommending it.

    By the way, I’ve been telling the folks at Wet Paint about some nifty folding metal palettes with lift-out trays with paint clips that work for full pans or half pans. They come in 3 sizes, are well made and remarkably inexpensive, and I haven’t seen them anywhere except at the site for Kremer Pigments. Let me know if you want to know more. Their delightfulness isn’t really detectable in the little photos and ultrabrief descriptions at the website. I’ve not seen them among your impressive palette collection – yet.

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    Catherine, I’m glad you’ve had good results ordering mail order from Wet Paint. And I’m really glad you are using and enjoying the Richeson recycled watercolor paper in life drawing. The price does make it totally worthwhile using! You should send them some images and a little note as I know they LOVE to hear from people who are using products they sell!

    I don’t know the palette you’re writing of. I would love to see it. Do you have a link at Kremer so I know which item you mean? Maybe they have them made specially?

    I’m really happy with my palette “collection.” For the past 13 years I’ve really only used the 4 inch or so square Schmincke for a “large” watercolor and “large” gouache palette (I have one for each). A Cottman fold out palette with all the Cotmans removed and replaced with Daniel Smith watercolors for another large travel watercolor set. And then my two little Richeson kid’s palettes with 11 colors in each (one of gouache and one of watercolors) that I’ve put in place of the kid’s cakes.

    I have experimented with two small boxes which didn’t hit my “fancy” for working with them regularly. But now I have the Whiskey Painter’s palette and that has worked fine for a medium size.

    I don’t really look at palettes much any more, at least not to buy. But I do keep an eye open because now that the Schmincke one is discontinued in that size I have to keep my eyes open for future replacements. I have a friend who collects old graphics supplies and she has an impressive collection of palettes! But she doesn’t use them she displays them!

    I would like to try Kremer Pigments some day. Kate Johnson wrote about them several years ago and I have heard other people say great things about them. But I can’t justify buying any when I have enough paint right now! Maybe next year, and maybe if I really love the palette you send me a link to????

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