LAURA JOHNSTON

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Yum! Watercolor Paper

Artwork, Creative ProcessLaura JohnstonComment

Since the beginning of the year I've been doing almost all of my artwork in my sketchbook. This is partly because in doing one sketch per day, I don't have a lot of extra time to do 2D work (I've got le animalé and bnnk to keep up with), and partly because the limit of one sketch per day keeps me in a good zone of not getting burnt out. I have a tendency to go all in when I'm feeling inspired, which is good maybe but, it definitely leads to waves of creative energy in any particular area versus a steady rhythm of creating.

So, my sketchbook is made with nice, heavy-duty drawing paper that is overall very versatile and works for most everything I need. However, it's not watercolor paper. Those who work with watercolors totally know what I'm talking about. I don't even use watercolor regularly and I'm totally sold! I decided to spoil myself and go pick up a sheet of Arches 300lb hot press paper this weekend, and I love it so much that I just want to pet it and roll around on it endlessly. It's so soft! But so sturdy! Mmmm.

I'm kind of hooked on the discovery of watercolor right now, so I've decided to practice outside of my sketchbook a little here and there as I can to learn about it so I can apply it to my work however makes sense in the future. It's just a lot of fun to play with. I'll share updates every so often here on my blog, but feel free to join me on Instagram if you'd like to follow along with my artsy adventures & misadventures on a more regular basis. Happy Tuesday, everyone!