Friday, April 27, 2012

Comparing Papers

I am still playing with different art materials, trying to come up with the best possible combination. For this most recent painting, I tried Fabriano Artistico extra white hot press paper. I really liked how bright the colors look on the extra white surface. And unlike the hot press Strathmore Mixed Media paper, I was able to do some lifting of highlights, although not as much as I could with cold press watercolor paper. The hot press surface allowed me to get very tight details too.

However, when removing masking fluid, I noticed that the surface of the paper "pilled" a little bit, which meant that some of the washes didn't go down quite as smoothly as I would have liked. Has anyone else noticed that? I wonder if it had something to do with the fact that my masking fluid was a bit old and congealed!

Thanks to Jacoba for her advice on working with Blogger in my post from a week ago. Seems like Blogger has changed their format and I think that probably had something to do with the problems I was having. And now, back to the drawing board, yay!


  1. jane, i always put a thin wash of white paint over my watercolor paper. that lets the masking fluid rub off real easy . try it on a scrap piece to see if you like the way it works. i so love your work and would love to be able to talk to you about the pitfalls and rewards of licencing.

  2. Hi Jane! I keep trying to like Fabriano but I find that it takes washes unevenly...some areas seem more absorbent than others... uneven sizing?
    I keep coming back to Arches 140 lb Hot press Bright White....masking fluid zips off easy peasy for me. Cheers! Wendy