Sunday, August 5, 2012
Three Flowers in Baby Food Jar Version #3
This is the third painting in my experiment. I painted the same subject, using the same colors and the same painting technique, on three different types of watercolor paper, to see how the paper affected the results. This last painting is on Fabriano CP paper. Each paper was CP (cold-pressed) and had about the same amount of texture. My theory is that the difference results from the amount of sizing the paper has. More sizing means that the paint absorbs into the paper slower, which gives me more time to manipulate the paint. Less sizing means the paint absorbs quicker, which results in a softer effect. I am a slow painter, so I like the paper that I believe has the most sizing (the Fabriano paper). I'd love to know what my artists friends think. I do these little experiments often, and am always surprised at the differences I see. Which of these three do you prefer?