Above: 8 x 8 inch sketch of a dachshund friend from memory (yep I do that sometimes) on Fluid Hot Press Watercolor Easy Block paper, 140 lb. watercolor paper. Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy Pen and some dashes of gouache. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
I've been nursing a shoulder elbow injury for over a month now and won't be making books any time soon. So I was wondering what I would take to the Minnesota State Fair for sketching. I've got some books on the shelf, but they all seem too heavy and have too many pages. (I'll be lucky if I get to go more than once to the Fair this year because of other obligations.)
I thought I would simply make some journal cards out of 300 lb. watercolor paper. I've done that many times before and it works well.
But then I remembered that Fluid just came out with the Hot Press version of their watercolor easy block (it's only glued down on two sides). I had picked up a pad the last time I was at Wet Paint.
I rushed and got it and did this quick sketch.
I love the smoothness of this paper for sketching with the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy Pen. Just love it. I had fun slopping on the paint and wiping it off. I love that it comes in an 8 x 8 inch square block. I emailed over to Wet Paint and asked them to hold some pads for me. It's perfect for going to the Fair. And when I get home I can make a case just the right size for whatever I manage to sketch.
And just like that my Minnesota State Fair sketching plan is all in place.
Don't you love it when that happens!?
The paper is great for writing on too so I'll be able to take my notes as usual. (I'll have some other dog sketches from this pad at some point.)
Oh, did I mention that it is very economical? Well it is. So if you're looking for an inexpensive but responsive hot press paper you should check this out. (I included the detail images so you could see what the washes were doing.)