Playing with Paper

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I recently paid a visit to one of our art supply stores in the area to pick up some open-stock Stonehenge paper. I've read on several blogs and on the Stonehenge web site as well that the paper is good for watercolors so I've been very curious to "see" and touch it for myself.

To say I was skeptical when I first handled the paper is an understatement!

Still, being a glutton for punishment (not really...I just didn't see how that many people could be wrong), I purchased a sheet of white and a sheet of gray that should be called putty as it is not gray. Not by a long shot. I purchased it with the intention of building a sketchbook. However, before I put in all the work of putting together a sketchbook I wanted to find out what the paper could or would do with regard to watercolors.

I tore down both sheets and with the scraps left over, started to play.......

Watercolor Samples on 90 lb. Stonehenge Paper
The very top sample is about .75 inches (1.905 cm) wide and is the white Stonehenge and surprise, surprise! Not only did it NOT turn to mush in my hands when I added water and pigment, it didn't bleed through nor did it warp. Yay!

Onto the gray.....these scraps were slightly wider, a little less than 2 inches (5 cm) wide. Starting on the bottom, I painted a quick pumpkin and then the tree. Again, so far, so good. Moving up to the middle strip, I painted the tree with the meadow and sky washes. Again, no warpage, no bleed, no mess. Then I moved on to pen and ink, both permanent and non-permanent. Success!

Now, the downside. This paper is very soft and the pigment seems to sit on the surface without sinking down into the fibers. Easy lifting, even of staining colors but will this be a problem with pages rubbing against each other when the book is closed? Also, this paper is not going to allow for too much correction work without getting bruised or damaged. My last concern is that I'm not sure how well it will accept erasing as I didn't use pencil on any of these samples. Sometimes (most of the time) erasing will change the surface of a paper and I don't this one will be an exception. 

I do believe this paper will be great for just about any dry media as it did great with both pens.  More testing to come. If I find any further info worth sharing, I'll post it. The main reason I decided to play with this paper is that it was recommended for making sketchbooks. The paper does not crack like some of the watercolor papers with heavy sizing on them.

Hope you a fabulous, long weekend with lots of art time and play time and rest time!

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