Sunday, May 22, 2011

Florida Beach Vacation

Florida Beach Vacation
©2011 Steve Penberthy
Watercolor in Strathmore Visual Journal,
Strathmore 140-lb CP paper
9" x 12" (22.9 cm x 30.5 cm)

This sketch is the first one I've tried out in the Strathmore Visual Journal that I purchased recently. I've typically used the Canson Montval All-Media sketchbook as my watercolor sketchbook, but I was interested in trying the Strathmore since it contained 140-lb cold-press paper.

I thought the paper performed extremely well. There was little-to-no buckling of the paper even when I applied wet washes for the skies and sea. I have read in some online forums that people had a little trouble sketching using ink (for example using a Pigma Micron or similar), because the paper has a significant tooth (that is, some significant peaks and valleys in the texture of the paper); I used a 2B pencil for my sketch to avoid this potential issue. However, trying ink in this book will be my next experiment.