The last few days I have been playing around with ink and wash, with the difference being the paper I have used, I decided to give hot press watercolour paper a try again. I already had a pad of A4 size, but really hadn’t got on with it in the past.
I wanted to try out some ink line work using some of the great Sktchy app inspiration photos, and thought that now would be a great time to try out this super smooth watercolour paper again. It can be awkward for the watercolour, but I figured great for the ink line work, so out came the ink…lamy pen, and Pental brush liner, and I set to work.
The ink went down really well, how would the watercolour go?? Well…..it was ok, the paper is just not as absorbent, as coldpress, the paint appears more washed out in tone, so thicker paint on the brush was needed to get vibrancy. But the biggest problem for me was with blending, it’s not great, it just smooches around the paint I had previously laid down, then left bad brush marks. From my first couple of attempts I decided that ment the lines and marks I made with watercolour would need to be positive, purposeful, and a ‘one chance to get it right’ sort of stroke. Happier with these two, pheww, just need to work on this hot stuff some more, but I love the ink on this surface.