Testing a Strathmore sketchbook 9x12 ins. A friend has been using one for sketching plein air in pastel and I thought I would try one out. I already knew the paper was very
lightweight, which i don't like. I like heavy paper like Stillman and Birn. I do like the tan colour and the tooth though.
So experiments to see what I can manage to use with it .................
This was using pastel wet and dry - creating washes with the pastel + water and drawing into wet washes, as well as simply using pastel dry on dry paper. The paper does buckle as expected but it is rather nice. A steam iron on the back would probably fix it - another test to do
straightforward dry pastels, nice toothy surface, not sure how many layers it will allow .... any information from those who use it would be appreciated
anything and everything tried out to see what I can get away with
Working from a plein air sketch in a sketchbook, with watercolour, inidian ink, white acrylic ink.black conte pencil and pastel. Again it buckled with water but probably would flatten if steam ironed?
and one shown previously but now worked on further - coloured pencil, ink, little water soluble graphite and aubergine Derwent tinted charcoal
I do like the colour and the tooth but do wish it was twice the weight. So please Strathmore make a better quality book or S&B please make a book with tinted paper?