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.