Toned paper is really fun to work on. I don’t use it as my primary sketchbook, but I always have a small book in my bag.
For this little waterfall at Uvas Canyon County Park, I started with white wax crayon, marked in the main lines of the falls, but quickly switched to dark neutrals in watercolor to block out rock shapes that helped define more of the falls. Then it was back to crayons to pull some more bright colors into the piece.
This scene of the last rays of the sun was captured from my front door using only ink.
When I went to get my flu shot, I could’ve used pretty much any paper for these quick sketches. But tinted paper made it fun to add in the whites.
I’m using two different toned papers here. One with more texture and one that’s smoother. I like them both for different reasons . You can see pretty clearly that the smoother paper gives me crisper pen lines and a more clean edge quality while the more textured one give me a more painterly effect and a slightly more broken-up line. Both, however, can be used across various media and hold up well to just about anything.