Above: In the 8.27 x 11.69 inch (A4) size Hahnemühle Nostalie Journal I sketched this finch from pet store photos. I used a Faber-Castell Pitt Calligraphy pen and then painted with gouache. I played with different layers and reworked areas, specifically in the background because I wanted to push the paper—it was so fun to put paint to paper. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
I haven't had time to do much painting in the past couple of weeks—lots of pen and brush, but no chance to really dig in with the paints. Of course with the new Nostalgie filled sketchbook from Hahnemühle sitting on my desk staring at me (actually it was sitting on the scanner top) I couldn't resist.
I am so glad I didn't.
The painted text on the page pretty much says it all. I couldn't find a parking spot near the Bell Museum after an appointment so I came home instead and sketched at home.
I am so happy with this paper and the way it took a beating. I didn't use a lot of water but I did a lot of reworking (and some rewetting to create spots in the background. Just a lot of stuff I was having fun with. The paper holds up with no bleeding through, and no pilling. Just let areas dry before you have at them again if you try this.
And yes, I did get to the Bell Museum on Friday—but that's the subject for another post.
I hope you get some painting done this week.
Read my review of this commercially bound sketchbook and the paper it contains in this previous post. (The post also includes information on where you can purchase one in the U.S.)