Azaleas, on some new paper stockPosted: May 5, 2017
Rain, rain and more rain in Montreal this week, which means it’s a good time to try out some things in the studio. A while back someone from the UK brought me a beautiful gift of some Two Rivers paper to try — small samples that I put together to make a bigger sheet for painting some apples. I loved the paper but it took about a year and half for me to get around to ordering some more.
I’m trying to work a little bigger these days, especially in studio, and I’m finding 1/4 sheets a little small, so I ordered some 16″ x 20″ NOT paper to try out, both in 200 and 300 lb. I like the format. It’s not as big as a full sheet but the proportions are more pleasing than the very horizontal format of a half sheet. Here’s a description of the paper from the Two Rivers website:
“Two Rivers has a unique random surface texture unlike the mechanically even weave of most other branded papers. This also means that there is not a right or wrong side as both sides are identical.” True. I only discovered the watermark after my painting was done and realized that I had painted on the back of the paper, but the surface was just as beautiful to paint on as the front.
“It is incredibly hard sized, allowing the painter the luxury of pushing paint around for much longer than with more absorbent artists papers. Because the paint is not drawn into the paper the pigment dries to a sharp and brilliant finish. The inclusion of linen in its make-up results in an unusually tough surface which will resist much lifting out, scrubbing and re-working.” Again, so true. If you like to beat up the paper, push your brush around, lift, splash, layer, work wet and dry, then you might enjoy this surface. I have tried other handmade papers before found them to be unreliable because they absorbed paint unevenly and developed surfaces splotches and irregularities when dry. But no complaints yet about this Two Rivers paper. And since there is rain in the forecast for much of the next week, I will be experimenting more with this paper.