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Old 12-11-2019, 08:05 PM
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Pentaiic Watercolor Field Book

I'm teaching a workshop next month for beginners in watercolor. The workshop focuses on exercises rather than creation of refined paintings. I have chosen the Pentalic Watercolor Field book for the students to work in. I have had students use this book before and it has worked well. For those of you not familiar with it, it is 140# acid free cold press paper. I'm wondering how to explain the difference between this paper and say Arches to the students. Arches is far superior, but it too is 140# cold press acid free. So how do I explain the difference in quality and price to the students? Thank you for your help.
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Old 12-12-2019, 04:06 AM
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Re: Pentaiic Watercolor Field Book

Simply put, the Pentalic is not made in the way of Arches. The Pentalic being a blend of fibers, with I believe a synthetic size used, it absorbs and disperses water and color in a completely different manner. It can be used to produce good work, but it feels more difficult to do so on the Pentalic than it does a sheet of Arches.

Now that said, I absolutely love the Pentalic for mixed media work, being cost efficient and perfect for gouache or casein topped with colored pencil, maybe some ink as well... lots of fun stuff one can do there.
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Old 12-13-2019, 04:21 AM
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Re: Pentaiic Watercolor Field Book

I like you idea of using a fieldbook rather completed works for a teaching environment. Keeps it conceptual, rather than being concerned about completion. Artists are more comfortable about abstracted and incomplete studies in a sketch book-format. No rushing to finish and missing out on an important instructional element.

I wouldn't worry about any Arches paper snobbery....especially for ephemeral works.
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Re: Pentaiic Watercolor Field Book

Thank you both for your responses!
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