Before I go to the Fair each year I test a bunch of papers to see which bound book (containing that paper) I want to take and work with, or which loose sheets I want to carry and work upon.
On this sheet I also worked with a Niji Waterbrush. I knew that for some of my Fair visit I wouldn’t be able to use my portable monopod table because of the narrow spacing between crate aisles. Without the portable table I would have to use a Niji Waterbrush, so I wanted to make sure I was feeling happy with the way I could push the paint around with that tool on this paper. (I was holding the sheet at an angle, hence the drip down the page.)
At this point I knew I wanted to carry journal cards. I would be using 300 lb. paper. These would be stiff enough to hold alone or with a light piece of board on days when I wasn’t using my portable monopod table.
This sketch made my mind up. I marched upstairs with some 22 x 30 inch sheets of this paper and trimmed them down to 8 x 11 inch pieces which would be the journal cards I carried and used through my 2018 Minnesota State Fair visits. (I’ll be posting a gallery of pages at the end of the month.)
At this point I’ve spent the summer testing a bunch of papers in the course of my normal daily drawing process. I have a sense of what I want to do this year at the Fair, the size I want to work in, and then it’s a matter of deciding which paper I want to live and work with for 9 hour days during the Fair. (This year I only went for 3 nine hour days, but you don’t know that when you’re making your decision.) Overall I was very happy with my decision as this paper works well with the pens I’d been working the most with over the summer. (I’ll discuss those when the pages go up.)