I’ve been away for a month, traveling in Spain and Portugal and teaching at the 9th Urban Sketchers Symposium in Porto. Lots of sketches and posts about that soon. But first a couple of long-overdue posts.
This first one from a fun little trip to Las Vegas last month where I was demo artist at MacPherson’s 2018 Dealer Workshop. It was essentially is a sort of ‘symposium’ of art material makers (think art-supplies-heaven) all in one giant room, with lots of people from art stores in the US and Canada visiting to see what new products manufacturers had to offer.
I led a little demo at Stillman & Birn‘s booth. I’ve used their sketchbooks for many years now, and love them: they’re great multimedia books that work really well with watercolor and pen and ink, and stand up well to handling and traveling a lot.So it was fun to present a little project where artists who visited the booth got to compare and contrast the different papers and explore the possibilities of what they could do on them.
I took a sample pack of all the papers in the sketchbook series and strung them together accordion-style. Then I put a whole bunch of media on the table: watercolors, gouache, watersoluble pencils, markers, watersoluble graphite and more. Visitors to the booth sat down and played and created some wonderful accordion pieces.
What was particularly exciting was playing with the new Nova series of paper. The lighter shades (beige and grey) can handle transparent watercolor, but what really shines on it is gouache and also (a very exciting discovery of me) Posca markers: they’re so great at producing vibrant, matte color on this paper and they come in a range of tips and colors. (Am I the last person to discover them??) And, they don’t bleed through the paper like an alcohol based marker would!
You can see I went a little bit crazy sketching/painting on them.
The booth had perhaps the messiest demo table, but something about it made people feel welcome to come sit down and just play.
If you want to make your own accordion book and try out the paper, write to firstname.lastname@example.org and find out how you can get a sample packet.