Friday, January 27, 2012

New Paper, New Palette, New Perspective

Still looking through the Ames Compendium with admiration for Ames' style and innovation. Just looking can bring in subtle influences. I wanted to make my palette for this piece slightly warmer and more of an old world feel. I purchased some of the new diploma parchment from John Neal and love the colour. It almost takes on a peach tone. Peach and blue are two colours that I don't visit often in my palette but wanted to use them this time. The McCaffery brown works like a dream on the new diploma parchment. It seems to be made for the paper. I did several moist brush applications of watercolour to the paper and it didn't buckle or feather at all. I did not pull any fibres of the paper. It takes gilding well. A very smooth paper. I do like it! The finetec gold performance on the paper was a bit of a surprise. It almost flowed too quickly. I had to mix it up to be a bit thicker than normal. Once I got the right consistency, I could achieve the fine hairlines. Diane Townsend pastels work really well on it as well. I definitely will do more work on this paper when I don't want a stark white or even an ivory page. Bigger projects on the go in 2012 as I work on the dvd and online course. I am also working on larger studio pieces so blog posting might be slower than normal.
I included my rough draft in this post. I am still working in my beloved Leuchtturm1917 journal but purchased one of the large ones for doing my sketches. The paper is wonderful.

10 comments:

Jody Meese said...

DVD and online course?!? Be still my heart! This is the first I have heard of this, late to the party I guess. Thanks so much for sharing the rough--always fascinating to see where all this beauty originates.

Heather Victoria Held said...

Thanks Jody!!! The dvd and online course have been looming projects for awhile but I have been making progress lately!! I need to come up with an 8 or 9 day week!

Dana said...

Love seeing and hearing how a pieces comes about. Beautiful!

xo~~

Heather Victoria Held said...

thanks Dana!!!

Jane Farr said...

oooh! I am with Jody on this news! Congratulations Heather, and I look forward to learning more about your DVD and online course. Your piece here is gorgeous, and I appreciate your review of the new diploma parchment. Way to go!

Heather Victoria Held said...

Thanks Jane. You will love that new diploma parchment! Still working on my dvd and online lessons. So much to do!

Jody Meese said...

Heather, when you come up with the 8 or 9 day week, sign me up for that, too...

Heather Victoria Held said...

I will Jody!!!

acornmoon said...

It sounds as if you have many exciting things in the pipeline, I wish you well.

Heather Victoria Held said...

Thanks Valerie! Lots going on!

Heather