Norway maple

I’m trying out something new this week. It’s a pad of Arches 140 lb, cold press paper. Not a block that’s glued down on four sides, but a pad that’s only glued on the short side. I was curious to see whether the paper would warp, because I usually tape my sheets to a backing board or use the glued block. This paper surprised me. I painted on it with very wet washes and it remained relatively flat. That’s good news, because I find this format very convenient. I love the ease of throwing the pad in my bag and it’s quite a bit more economical than the blocks (although not as cheap as cutting up your own paper!). Perfect for sketch outings because it comes in both 9″ x 12″ and 10″ x 14″ sizes.

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23 Comments on “Norway maple”

  1. Monique says:

    I am enjoying other papers you recommended:)
    Good to know..the house across the street..looks like my friend’s house a bit in Pte-Claire…except they park in front..their garage is in front;)
    Your tree is so perfect.

  2. zuzala says:

    Lovely. Particularly the path.

  3. Woo-hoo, go you! Excellent.

  4. Love the swirling lines on the trunk!

  5. Jeff Gold says:

    There’s so much to love in this but here are a few of my favorite things; the calligraphic line work in the tree and particularly the squiggles at the right side of the roots (they tickle), the graceful flow of the tree limbs, and of course the two wires by the house. The color is so subtly handled. Who could ask for more. Love it.

  6. Linda Daily says:

    I’ve wondered about those Arches pads. I’m happy to hear your review. The blocks have become so expensive and they are heavy to pack in your sketch bag. That tree is just incredible, so lively.
    I’ve just tried the linen covered 8X8 Handbook watercolor journal that you like.
    It will take some getting use to I think! Thanks for these materials reviews.

    • Hi Linda, I really like the pads and the fact that they are not glued on all sides doesn’t bother me at all. The paper is the Handbook Journals is quite a bit thinner. I think it’s 90 lb, instead of 140 like the Arches pads, but it’s still nice paper for washes. Certainly much better than the new Moleskine paper.

  7. joantav says:

    Your trees are always so great. Good to read your review about the Arches pads!

  8. Linda Murray says:

    Wow! The tree really comes to life in this painting. Love all the knots in the bark, along with the layers of colors. Thanks again, Shari 😊

  9. anne farmer says:

    Great composition and texture. I use a Fabriano artistico HP block. The expense is increased also because after the first few sheets the cardboard back always detaches itself and after a few more sheets the thing starts to fall apart .So you’re always left with several sheets sort of glued together that aren’t really up to very wet painting.

    • I know exactly what you mean Anne. I used to use those Fabriano blocks but I stopped because of exactly that. Also, I find that the CP paper is slightly more textured than Arches, which is the favourite for the moment.

  10. rosjenke says:

    Another viewing delight for me. I could look at your work for ages – the economy of brush strokes and the seemingly effortless application are genius. Not to mention the colours!
    I made myself a small pad of arches paper. I clamped along one long side just using bulldog clips, and applied a thin layer of white wood glue, let it dry before removing the clips.

  11. monique says:

    that’s beautiful Shari , thanks for sharing -monique


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