I have finally had opportunity to try hot pressed watercolour paper!
Hot pressed paper is satiny smooth - but not glossy...
Very similar to bristol board or poster board on it's surface
and the ability to lift colour off the paper is very good.
I and my favourite fine-tipped pens are rejoicing!!
I've been dragging my poor
0.005mm Sakura Pigma Micron
and 0.05mm Staedtler pigment liner pens
across the toothy dimpled surface of cold-pressed paper
for the past few years as I add finishing touches on my illustrations
and in so doing I have drastically shortened their normally decent lifespans!
The following illustrations are some fun "trying the paper out" doodles:
I love that the colours look richer/stronger on the hot pressed and the
pen work can be so much bolder without fear of damaging the pens!
I'm in the midst of a couple commission pieces right now
but still making time for doodling (as seen above) and
working on a big illustration just for fun...
Here are a few sneak peeks of my soon to be finished 'just for fun' illustration:
The field mice are up to something! Whatever could it be?
...Flowers? ...Banners? Hmmm.....
And is that a resident of Elderberry Hedge that you have not yet met?
All questions will be answered in the coming weeks!