Painting on Drawing Paper

February 15, 2021

In this brush pen and watercolor sketch I painted on the drawing paper contained in a Hahnemühle Drawing and Sketching book. (It’s about 8.5 x 9 inches or so).

As I mentioned in a recent post, I enjoy sketching on drawing papers, well certain drawing papers. 


Because I enjoy the drag of the pen on certain papers I’ll sketch on it, and then it’s a matter of how the brush feels on the paper. 

Sometimes I want to work in a book larger than I typically bind—and it’s easier to find sketchbooks that size with drawing paper.

Also I think of the challenge as a fun game to play.

It makes me think very carefully about where I need to put essential washes to create fullness and also to design the surface of the painting.

It’s also fun to manage your water so that paint doesn’t seep through a page.

Today’s image allowed me to play with analogous colors and opened up a fun color theory discussion on my Patreon site

If you’d like to be part of that conversation please head over to that link and check it out.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy painting on any papers that strike your fancy!

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