I’m still working my way through an Arteza Watercolor book.
It’s 8.3 x 11.7 inches.
I wrote a review of this journal and paper in a ninepart series (I think it was only nine).
You can enter the words “Arteza Watercolor Book” in my blog’s search engine and all the posts will come up. Scroll down to find the first unnumbered one which will be the first part, if you want to look at them in order.
What’s Good About This Sketchbook?
It’s inexpensive. The paper also has some good characteristics, which you’ll have to read about in the review posts, but that’s not a hardship as I have visual examples.
What’s Bad About This Sketchbook?
The paper isn’t the best—again, you’ll have to read the review posts I wrote. The structure falls apart easily—again covered in the reviews.
Why Post About It Again Today?
I had pages left in the book when I finished my reviews, and I wanted to use the rest of the pages. And since I bought several of these sketchbooks because they were inexpensive and I had some projects they would be useful for, you’ll probably see more work done in them over the years when I work on those projects.
What’s Up With Today’s Image?
Today’s image is fun with perylene green and watercolor used opaquely. (I just don’t add much water.)
Why work this way with watercolor?
Well, why not? It’s fun. That and the fact that the paint was out and I didn’t feel like painting with transparent washes.
I was using filberts of various sizes—it helps to use a flat or a filbert to push the thick paint around. Turn the brush on its edge if you want to get a thin line of paint on the paper.
A nice thing about the paper in the Arteza Watercolor Book—one side of the sheet has a cold press texture (the other side of the sheet is flatter and more like a hot press finish). When you work on the cold press side opaquely you can get some lovely dry brush effects by dragging your loaded brush over a previously painted color. The paper texture’s “hills” and “valleys” break up the color application and let a bit of the previously painted color pop out.
Note: Perylene Green is classified as a black pigment (the tube isn’t next to me or I would tell you which black pigment), but it lays down and washes out a dark green. All the dark neutrals used in this sketch were mixed using complementary colors. In the detail image check out the top of the hair to the left. There you can see some red pigment popping out from the the dark green of the hair, creating a warm neutral.