Painting on Canson Heritage Watercolor Paper

April 29, 2019
Sakura Pigma Professional Brush Pen FB on Canson Heritage Hot Press watercolor paper. 9 x 12 inches, Watercolor, with a little bit of white gouache.



I’ve already written a little bit about Canson Heritage Watercolor paper in a couple posts on the blog.

I’ve admitted that I like the way my pens work on its hot press surface. I’ve admitted that even though it has a non-gelatin sizing I enjoy working on it either with transparent washes  or with opaque washes like today’s example.

I was saving up a lot of sketches to show you when I wrote a full review and frankly I think I’ve written what I need to write. Please use the blog’s search engine to find and read the other posts and decide whether or not it’s a watercolor paper that you want to try out.

For me it’s probably too expensive to use on a regular basis, especially for studio studies that are just excuses to use up leftover paint.

But maybe you are looking for a quality cotton paper that doesn’t use animal products. (I’m not.)

Next year, when I examine my paper budget if I can stretch it to include a little of this paper I’m betting that I will. But I won’t be making a steady diet of this paper.

Detail of the image showing some of the dry brush and opaque strokes made with watercolor in this sketch.

For now you can check out the detail image from today’s sketch.

That nice yellow green and transparent red wash on the right and under a lot of other stuff—MOP Brush. You already have read all about that in the past week or so. 

Smaller details and dry brush throughout—a series of flats and filberts. Ditto the straight lines.

I think we should all play a little more with our paints, and I’m going to go do that right now.

Note—For people following the looseness factor in my work, and just for my own record keeping: This was sketched with one “artificial” eye and one cataract impaired eye between surgeries, without glasses. In other words, one operated eye with an acrylic lens, lots of light flare, double vision and no near vision along with one eye with its cataract still in place. I love this sketch because I couldn’t possibly have been fussy if I’d wanted to. I don’t recommend this as a way to sketch however. (And I will have a post about the cataract surgeries at another day.)

    • Paul
    • April 29, 2019

    Love your use of colour here and of course, your rush techniques !!!

      • Paul
      • April 29, 2019

      Rush = brush techniques😮

    1. Reply

      Thanks for the clarification Paul, but I think there are also a lot of rush (no typo) techniques in there too!

    • Zeke Browning
    • April 29, 2019

    I love this, especially the detail picture. When i first looked at it I thought it was a bird (blue eye is the bird’s eye and the beak goes down to the right)! Very cool!

    1. Reply

      Maybe all my people portraits are really bird portraits?

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