Four sketches while the sun set

Yesterday the rain came with the evening.  I painted indoors.

I had a set of four paper samples from The Vintage Paper Company. Below are my four sketches.

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Each sheet is of “J Green & Sons” paper, in different weights. The one in the top left is “NOT” and the other sheets are “Rough”. Each sample sheet is about 8 inches by 6 inches.

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Here is a view towards Peregrine House, to show the satellite dishes on the roof. I also drew Peregrine House last week, see this link: Peregrine House from the King’s Square Estate

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The hole in the top left corner is where the sheets were fastened together, with a neat little screw fastener.

This was the only paper in the same pack with a ‘NOT’ (smoother) surface. Here is a close up view of the satellite dishes. On the NOT surface I can use pen easily. Pen and ink doesn’t work so well on the “Rough” surface. Here’s a close-up, showing Peregrine House and the satellite dishes on the building in front of it.

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Below is a sketch out of the window in the rain: watercolour only, on the “Rough” surface 300gsm paper. Blake Tower is on the right, Post office Tower on the horizon, Barbican terrace block visible behind Blake Tower.

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Forty-five minutes later, the sun was setting. I enjoyed using heavier paper (400gsm) to try to capture the shimmering light on the buildings. Painted directly in watercolour, no pen, no pencil.

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Below is the final sketch, done quickly after the sun has set. This is on the heaviest paper, a magnificent 615gsm. It was stable, like card, so it didn’t curl or misbehave,  and was not soft or absorbent, but took the watercolour brilliantly.  It was very handy for such a quick sketch.

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It’s fun to experiment with papers, and surprising what a difference the paper makes. Thankyou to the Vintage Paper Co for the samples.

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Four sketches while the sun set”

  1. It is so good to see what you have done with this paper. I also ordered some archive vintage paper from the same company. It felt quite a privilege to use it, wonderful stuff.

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  2. Hello Bella and thank you for the comment. I’ve also used the “Katazome Sketchbook” from the Vintage Paper Company, which contains vintage paper. Like you I feel it’s a privilege to use this paper, with its flaws and its history. My sketches in the Katazome Sketchbook are in this post: https://janesketching.com/2018/05/18/sketching-in-crete-may-2018/
    That post has a picture of the sketchbook:
    https://janesketching.com/2018/05/18/sketching-in-crete-may-2018/#jp-carousel-2762

    Your website is amazing! I see you use “LoveFromTheArtist” to make and sell cards. I’m going to investigate them. I wonder if I might be considered as a ‘contributing artist’ – what do you think?

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