Looking at a Frenchie and Gutenberg Paper

November 20, 2012

Above: Journal Spread from a 6 x 8 inch journal (12 inches wide) made with Gutenberg paper. Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy pen and light washes of gouache.

I'd forgotten about this piece, of which I'm quite fond. The gouache is mostly used in light washes like watercolor, except for the back and sides. The green rectangles that are uniform and have flecks in them are paper I collaged in place.

I'd been sketching all day with a group of sketchers but wanted to start my new journal when I got home. This sketch was from a dog-park photo I'd taken years ago. Within two weeks of this drawing I'd met a new adorable Frenchie who is now part of my current dog portrait painting project. I'll have sketches and paintings of her in future weeks.

In this image I think you can see that I was having great fun with the ink and the paint on this paper. The texture is really fun to work with. I told you all that earlier this month, but it really is fun to work on.

The background is intentionally mottled. I laid in the color and then when it was almost all dry I sprayed it with water and dabbed it with a paper towel to pick up the loosened paint. The paper's texture helped increase the mottled look.

  1. Reply

    Dick Blick doesn’t have this paper. Where do you get yours? How is a French bulldog different than a Boston?

  2. Reply

    Molly, I’m so sorry your questions were never answered. Facebook just sent me a link to my post today as a “trip down memory lane.”

    By now you’ve probably found the Gutenberg Paper, but if you haven’t located it and still want some you can get it at Wet Paint in St. Paul (they do mail order) and, and I’m sure there are other places too. I hope you find some and try it out. I have my students in my online Simple Round Back Spine use this paper for the book we make together, because I LOVE it so much.

    Again, sorry this wasn’t answered when you asked.

    As to the difference between French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers I can just stay they are different, with different sizes and physical attributes, and I will refer you to Wiki or some dog breed site where they can give you specifics. They both have somewhat squashed muzzles, but the Frenchies are more so. The Frenchies are also rounder and more squat, but it’s more than superficial. I have local friends of both and love seeing them.

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