90 lb mystery

I often cut up (actually I tear them to maintain the deckle edge) large sheets of watercolour paper into quarter-size or smaller pieces so that when I run out the door on my way to paint I can grab a small sheet. At the same time I make a small notation in pencil on the corner of the sheet so I know what paper I am painting on. Unfortunately I also have some paper that is unidentified, left over from a previous painting life many years ago. Today I used this strip of something that I really like, but I have no idea what it is. It’s thin, therefore it must be 90 lb weight. It’s not textured but neither is it smooth, it has no watermark and it looks like nothing else in my inventory. I think the only way to solve the mystery is to take the remaining strip to the art supply store and hope that they can match it.


16 Comments on “90 lb mystery”

  1. Been there, I had a whole bunch of unknown paper, yellowed a bit and with marks, it was unique adventure. Also I noticed and accepted that the same paper with same materials behaves differently in different drawings, like it has its own mood.


  2. Genine says:

    Hi there Shari,

    I often use a 90lb CP by Canson that fits your same description of “not textured but not smooth. It too does not have a watermark.

    Good luck and let us know if you figure out the mystery 🙂


  3. Hi Shari,
    If it was thin paper how did you stop it buckling? Also I’ve noticed in some photos you seem to have your paper taped to a piece of Perspex. Is that what you use? I used some old marine ply last night and it so stained the back of the paper I’m looking for an alternative.


  4. Almost sounds like a nice painting challenge; have people supply you with “mystery paper”, paint on it, and see what happens – and only afterwards have them tell you what kind of paper it was.


    • I like that. Are you going to send me something??


      • I have some paper I can scrounge up. I used to be a watercolorist; my deal was to take 90lb cold-press paper, run it under a shower for a few minutes, then stretch it over canvas stretchers. I’d let the paper dry a bit, and then stretch it even further until it was as tight as a drum when it fully dried. This way, I could work multi-media onto the surface, incorporating watercolor washes, acrylic detailing, and even collage elements. I’ll have to post some of my student work, from when I was using this technique (whole blog is on hold for a while as life is slammed-busy). If you PM me a mailing address, I’ll see what I have laying around to send to you.


  5. Alison says:

    Wow… I can feel the sunlight pouring in. This is truly beautiful. Your sketches of the everyday are a real treat.


  6. Nathalie says:

    Love this piece. Makes me feel like Spring is coming…


  7. Suzy Frisbee says:

    Whatever the paper, your painting turned out bright and beautiful. Thanks for the plexiglass idea! I had been using old “political campaign” yard signs–corrugated plastic–but I’m going to try plexi.


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