Left: An 8.5 x 11 inch sketch on Fabriano Tiziano, with a parallel pen. An Irish actor I don't recall the name of. Click on the image to view an enlargment.
At the end of 2012 I started keeping a single sheet journal. I frequently keep journals made up of journal cards, so this didn't even seem like a stretch for me.
I filled two 9 x 12 inch boxes with 350 pages. Some are simply sketches of people made while I watch TV or sketches I made of friends. Others are sketches of imaginary characters or plans for paintings and such. Some sheets have very personal writing on them next to the sketch. Others have writing that is now indecipherable even to me. It was part of letting go for me.
On January 1, 2014 I started all over again with a new box and sheet one. (I use a separate number system on these sheets than the one used in my bound journals—which also starts over on page one at the start of each new year. You can read about how I index my journals by finding that page in the pages list.)
That still doesn't explain all the yellow paper—and no my scanner isn't broken.
Last year at the end of December I learned that the Paper Depot was going to close. They were having a closing sale. I went in to say good-bye to the owners. I first started buying paper from them for printing jobs in the 1980s, before they expanded their business into rubberstamps, decorative papers, stationery, and wedding invitations.
It's always sad to see a local business close its doors, especially one you've been so involved with. But once I gave in to email I admit I really stopped buying stationery on any regular basis. I still write letters but they are digitally sent for the most part. And so I lost touch…
But when I went in this time to say good-bye I noticed that they had packages of pre-cut 8.5 x 11 inch Fabriano Tiziano in packs of 50 (or maybe it was 100). I purchased two packages because in general I'm not a fan of such a strident "cream" color.
The next day I happened to use one of the sheets with the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. I ran to my computer and sent the Paper Depot a message: "Do you have any more of this? I'll buy it all."
Linda wrote back to say they did and she saved it for me. And when I went it to pick it up I was talking to other family and staff members and looking on the shelves again and I found lots of other packs of Tiziano in different colors, and pre-cut Canson Mi Tientes. Well, pooh, just when I develop a need for loose sheets of paper a prime source of huge variety closes.
More frequently than you might like to think.
I must have 500 sheets of yellow Tiziano. I couldn't not buy it because it meant I would have a great sheet to work on for only pennies. Not only can I use it for my single sheet journal I can sketch on it and cut out sketches and collage them in my regular journal (as the paper isn't that bulky); I can even take it to life drawing and use light washes and ink on it.
Let's just say you'll be seeing a lot of this yellow paper in the months that follow.
I'm actually getting used to it. I think the violet ink from the parallel pen looks great (and richer) when I sketch with it on this paper. The paper has a slight texture (which you can see if you click on the image and view an enlargement) which is almost equivalent to a cold-press watercolor paper texture. This texture shows up when you drag a brush pen across the surface, or even when you pull other pens across it. But the paper is lighter weight than most watercolor papers so you can push down a little with a broad nib and compress the texture and get the fully filled in lines you also see in this image.
In other words it's versatile and it sure is a fun paper to sketch on.
Now you know.