Illustrations of Kathryn Ault Noble
Whew, time flies when you’re not having fun. Well, I guess preparing to move across the country will feel like fun once I’m settled in on the other side of this madness. In between digging through mysterious bins and boxes and sorting out the treasures to move, I’ve been experimenting with different watercolor papers. I fell in love with Lanaquerelle Hot Press 20 years ago and used it fairly exclusively when I was doing freelance illustration during that time. These are some illustrations done for MacMillan/McGraw-Hill for teachers to use in demonstrating editing. These were turned into transparencies that were used on projectors. . . old school! The blank areas had type added by the publishing company.
But to be fair, I wanted to go back to some of the great papers and see if there was something I overlooked. So far I’m still most satisfied with Lana HP, but Arches HP certainly has merit as a second runner up. Each have a specific look and feeling that I can see using for different projects. Lana on the left and Arches on the right:
The Cold Press papers are being put through their paces as well, producing some fun ragged edged animals.
In total there are seven watercolor blocks including Lanaquarelle, Arches HP and CP with are both very nice papers, three types of Fabriano with the Artistico HP being a decent paper, and Langton Prestige “soft pressed”. They are all solid papers, I just prefer the Lana, at least for now. I enjoyed squeezing one drop of watercolor wash out from a waterbrush, then pushing it around with the Winsor Newton Series #7 brushes, generally the 6 and 7. And I should mention that I had just received two books in the mail, both by Alice and Martin Provensen, The Animal Fair, and My Little Hen. The inspiration is obvious!