My choice of watercolour paper – Part 2

I already have one quite big review of paper that I used. You can find it here.

But since I wrote it, I’ve used a few new types of paper and want to share my opinion.

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Fabriano Artistico Hot Press (300 gr/m2 or 140 lbs).
I like it as I like all Fabriano paper which I used. I wrote before about Hot Press Arches paper. I do think they are quite similar in their properties. I haven’t been using Arches for quite a while, so maybe my memory is not so fresh, but at the moment I can’t recollect any difference between the two, except price. Surface is same smooth, dries fast, leaves colours bright and vivid. It seems I forgot to take photo of clean paper, but on the painted one you can still see its texture.
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Next comes Fabriano Artistico Cold Press (640 gr/m2 or 300 lbs).

This is my first experience with such a heavy paper. And… it’s wonderful. After you paint on this one, you don’t really want to paint on 300 gr/m2 🙂 But… it’s twice the price. It feels more like a carton, really thick. It seems like it can survive more brushstrokes on it than a 300 gr/m2. It’s a pleasure to paint on it. I noticed though that its surface is smoother than surface of Cold Press Fabriano 300gr/m2. It also seems to me, that two sides of 640 gr/m2 are a bit different, one is more like the 300gr/m2, other one is smoother. I like both, but this is something to know.

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Left: 300 gr/m2 - Right - 640 gr/m2

Left: 300 gr/m2 – Right – 640 gr/m2

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And the last one that I’d like to talk about is Fabriano Artistico Rough (640 gr/m2 or 300 lbs). 

Well, it’s same as the previous one in terms of its characteristics, but with much rougher surface. And actually, surface is even rougher than that of 300 gr/m2. If I still have some doubts about Cold Press texture differences, I can see a clear difference here. Drying time of this paper is quite long, so if you like painting wet-in-wet it gives enough time for manouvering 🙂

Left: 600 gr/m2 - Right - 300 gr/m2

Left: 640 gr/m2 – Right – 300 gr/m2

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Blue: 600 gr/m2 - Red and Green - 300 gr/m2

Blue: 640 gr/m2 – Red and Green – 300 gr/m2

Left: 640 gr/m2 - Right - 300 gr/m2

Left: 640 gr/m2 – Right – 300 gr/m2

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Now, let’s take a look at these different papers together:

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Up: 640 gr/m2 Rough – Down: 600 gr/m2 Cold Press

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Up: 640 gr/m2 Rough – Down: 600 gr/m2 Cold Press

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Up: 640 gr/m2 Rough – Down: 600 gr/m2 Cold Press

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Left: 640 gr/m2 Cold Press – Right: 600 gr/m2 Rough

Blue: 300 gr/m2 Cold Press Clean: 600 gr/m2 Cold Press Pink: 300 gr/2 Hot Press

Blue: 300 gr/m2 Cold Press
Clean: 640 gr/m2 Cold Press
Pink: 300 gr/2 Hot Press

From left to right: 600 gr/m2 Rough 300 gr/m2 Rough 600 gr/m2 Cold Press 300 gr/m2 Hot press

From left to right:
640 gr/m2 Rough
300 gr/m2 Rough
640 gr/m2 Cold Press
300 gr/m2 Hot press

That’s it for now, hope this is helpful!

Winsor and Newton PROFESSIONAL WATER COLOUR PERYLENE GREEN

I’ve been going to write about this paint for a while. I don’t stick to one brand and expreiment with many brands and colours all the time. During one of my online shopping of art supplies I came across this colour and decided to give it a try. And I’m happy I did!

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This colour is good on its own. I like to use it for monochrome painting. It can be applied in very light and dark shades.

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This is a cold colour and gives a good feeling of space.

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There is not much more i can say, but for those who like painting with one colour, this may be a good choice. Here are some more examples.

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Watercolour birds

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Painting with ink – Part 2

I’ve already written a post about using ink in watercolour painting, or instead of watercolours here. Since then I have bought a few new beautiful bottles and want to show them as well. (Click on images to enlarge them).

J.Herbin Vert Empire (green):

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I almost never use green in my works, but I had to have one in case I need it or to mix it with another colour.

Here is how it looks on the paper:

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J.Herbin Bouton D’or (yellow):

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I haven’t used this one too much, I don’t even know why, considering recently I conquered my fear of yellow colour and enjoy it 🙂 But here it is together with J. Herbin Vert Empire:

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J. Herbin Rouille D’Ancre:

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I have diffculty describing this colour. It’s kind of pink. “Skin-like” pink. This is a very calm colour. I like using it, combining with other colours, like CARAN d’ACHE Sunset or CARAN d’ACHE Grand Canyon.

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And finally, the most exciting one – CARAN d’ACHE Grand Canyon:

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What can be so exciting about brown ink? Well, I noticed that it separates into different colours, either contacting with water or other ink. I think, it’s due to water. Using this ink, one may get some unexpected results, but they make me very happy. To demonstrate what I mean:

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At the painting above I used only two colours: CARAN d’ACHE Sunset and CARAN d’ACHE Grand Canyon. If you look attentively, you will see blue, violet, yellow, green etc. I didn’t plan for them to appear in the painting, and especially I didn’t plan them to appear exactly in the places they’ve emerged, but they are so beautiful and definitely add something to this portrait! Most often “side-effect” is green colour as on the paintings below. In these works I used ink of different colours and watercolour paints.

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Below you may also see yellow spots from J.Herbin Bouton D’or:

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In the paintings below I used CARAN d’ACHE Grand Canyon, J. Herbin Rouille D’Ancre and J.Herbin Orange Indien:

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And a few more examples. CARAN d’ACHE Sunset and CARAN d’ACHE Grand Canyon must have become my favourite couple – I like using them together. when applied intensely, they give a very interesting velvety feeling.

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Ink and salt

In the painting above I used salt. You may read more about using salt in watercolour painting here.

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If you have any good ink on your mind that you could recommend, please, don’t hesitate to do so 🙂

“Salty” watercolours

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Splashing Paint

After a lot of work my new Watercolor Workshop website has been launched. ( www.johnlovettwatercolorworkshop.com )

There is all sorts of information to help you with your painting – Mixing Color, Drawing, Using Brushes, Presenting Your Work, Articles on all aspects of painting.

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Watercolour painting: blue mood

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Painting with ink – Part 1

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While I was thinking how to start this, I remembered ink spots on my hands at schooltime. When I went to school we had to learn and continue writing for next many years with a fountain pen! I think it … Continue reading

Watercolour painting: black and white mood

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Sometimes… sometimes I want to use all colours in my palette in one painting, and I have a lot of them 🙂 But sometimes… I don’t want any of them. If I was told that I could keep only one … Continue reading

Unplanned and spontaneous painting

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I read and heard many times that before starting a painting, one must plan it well: composition, colour palette, etc… In general I do agree with this, but in real life when painting I like breaking this rule really often! … Continue reading