ChaletPosted: November 3, 2015
I’ve been using quite a bit of single sheet Fluid 100 paper lately but I’ve never tried the original Fluid cold pressed paper (the blocks with the orange cover, which are not 100% cotton like the sheets). This little block is the same dimension as my current sketchbook (8″ x 8″) which is a great size when I don’t have time for a full painting. It’s not a very textured surface but it has great colour saturation, which for me means that the pigment doesn’t disappear into the paper, and when it dries it’s just as bright as when wet. That’s important. It seems to take a beating too. I went over the forest floor foreground in this sketch many times and just kept building up the texture with no loss of paint to the layers below (that sometimes happens on cheaper papers.) The other nice thing about this paper is the wide variety of formats available, including a very wide one which is great for panoramas. I know blocks are more expensive that cutting up sheets but sometimes you just want the convenience of something you can grab and throw in your bag.