Fabriano Artistico watercolour paper is mould made, produced whit 100% cotton, chlorine and acid free, guaranteeing long conservation and inalterability over time. The paper is sized both internally and externally, making it ideally absorbent and retaining its nature unaltered even if scratched. Traditional white, without optical bleaching.
Two deckle edges and watermarked "FABRIANO+ARTISTICO" on the short side. Short grain. The high quality and ample offer of this paper satisfied the requirements of all professional artists and the most demanding amateurs.
Ideal for watercolour, tempera, gouache, acrylic, link, charcoal, graphite and drawing. It is also suitable for printmaking.
And so I bought some!
When I see a Watercolour paper unknown to me, I like to touch it.
It is what I did when I received it.
Somehow, it had the right feeling. But... I would not get excited until I made my first painting.
-* The paper has got a very slight creamy tinge which I prefer to white white.
I used a 1/4 Imperial size to mess about: Wet in wet, small wash, larger one, tried to lift the paint etc etc... all the tests pass in grand style.
One thing I really loved was the fact that the wet and wet session slightly buckled (not a lot at all) and came completely flat.
-* It means the paper does not need to be stretched!
So, it was time to do my first painting.
I choose a Portrait.
I took 1/2 Imperial, made a slight drawing.
-* The paint behave exactly as I wanted.
-* It was a real bonus to discover that it was not absorbed too fast by the paper, giving me the opportunity to blend while drying.
-* It was taking each colour wonderfully well. No messing with a result of muddy colours.
-* It kept vibrancy of the colours. I could have done as many layers as I wanted to and keeping its appearance and absorbency.
-* One great discovery for all watercolour artists is to have a paper that accept the lifting of the colours. It did each time I wanted to do so.
It was time to erase the pencil marks.
Ouch! I probably did not use the right pencil or the right rubber.
-* I was horrified when it made a mess. I could not understand why as some part had been rubbed away with no problem.
I still assume my paper was not perfectly dry. BIG MISTAKE!!
For all other papers I tried, the painting would have finished in the bin.
So, thinking it was going to be the fate of this painting, I rubbed and rubbed the messy corner, only to discover that the pencil marks had gone but so was the mess I had done.
With other papers, I knew it would have been impossible to rescue the painting.
-*I was wrong! I was able to carry on painting as if nothing had happened.
FABRIANO ARTISTICO has won my heart. I still have to experiment it with a Still life and a Landscape. I will be adding them here.
from GLOBAL, distributor of paints in UK, notably GOLDEN Acrylic.
These last few months I have turned to GOLDEN paints and absolutely love them.
There was a letter with the beautiful parcel explaining why I was receiving all these samples:
"As an exhibitor at the NAPA Summer show in St Ives, Cornwall this year, I enclose some free samples of our Golden Products for you to use at your leisure.
Global Art supplies is a distributor of Fine Art materials in the UK, representing many well known brands such as Sennelier, Golden, Cretacolor, Montana, Mabef, Raphael and Aristo. We also offer a comprehensive range of paper and painting accessories.
Global Art distribute solely to retail and educational establishments. ......."
I am very excited to try some colours I have never painted with.
Also there is a Heavy Gel Gloss, Iridescent Bright Gold.
A great leaflet JUST PAINT that explain so much about Golden Acrylic.
A precious hand painted chart with all the available colours.
A leaflet with all other products for Acrylic Golden.
It is a terrific treat. I cannot wait to experiment!!!!
Being an artist does not necessarily means to find a setting and paint in front of it!
Many times we have to simply invent a mood or a total scenery.
For example, in the middle of Winter, I love painting my roses. So, with the so many references I keep of all my flowers, I take one here, another there and compose a bouquet with the addition of one of my objects and voila... a Still life is born!
Just now, I wanted to compose a snow scenery.
I did scratch my head about which one!
Until I arrived to the decision to paint my favourite place: Dungeness.
I have written an article about Dungeness for the Magazine Hythe and Romney Marsh now called the Cinques Port