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Minnesota State Fair Round Up

Above: a sketch from my 2004 Minnesota State Fair Journal: two cows sketched with a black Pentel Color Brush (the ink of which is watersoluble and so blends with the paint) and gouache, on Fabriano Artistico cold press 140 lb watercolor paper. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Follow the link to see […]


Backgrounds and What Goes on Top—Another View


Above: I couldn’t sleep on Thursday night so I threw a couple sheep photos from the Fair up on my computer screen and sketched using a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen (most of the lines are now obscured) and Stabilo Tones. This journal has pages of Hahnemühle Gutenberg. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

I don’t have a before image of the background only for this page, but I think you can clearly see what was there. It was a completely painted background (I used acrylic inks). Next I took a silver Brilliance ink pad, and rubbed it on the right and left edges of the paper, over a torn mask so there is a soft wavy demarcation. It is most clearly seen at the left of the page spread, working its way up next to the ewe’s face. When the stamp ink was dry I did some outlining with a purple Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pen. Next I added a bit of collaged foil paper and a fortune. The last was totally covered by the ewe’s nose, and I didn’t write down what it said before I covered it—something about trying a bunch of things before settling and stability?!


Minnesota State Fair Prep—#11: Paper Selection


Above: 9 x 7 inch trial journal card made of 300 lb. Fabriano Artistico Extra White hot press watercolor paper. Wild Turkey sketch using Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

It’s time to make decisions—get paper and other media ready for sketching at the Minnesota State Fair. Yes I've been writing about this since August 12, but I still have some decisions of my own to make.

At the end of last week I was still thinking about what paper I wanted to work on. Since I had already purchased several sheets of 300 lb. hot press Fabriano Artistico I was hoping I liked it as much for the Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils I had decided to use, as I do for ink sketches (which I typically do at the Fair).


Messing around with Watersoluble Colored Pencil (and No Water!)


Above: Sketch of a Hudsonian Godwit, made while viewing a taxidermy specimen at the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus. Burnt Umber Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Aquarelle Colored Pencil (dry, i.e., not dissolved with water), in a 5.5 x 6 inch journal I made with Lana Aquarelle 140 lb. Hot Press Watercolor Paper. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

I've been fussing around with the new little journal which has Lana Aquarelle 140 lb. Hot Press watercolor paper in it. I am remembering daily what I don't like about this paper (see comments from yesterday's post about a cityscape on this paper). I am also remembering that I do like to work on watercolor paper. (I love the smell of the sizing—on most watercolor papers; I love the way I don't have to work hard with the washes.)

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