Written by Tina Mammoser, painter of water and the British coast.
Tina has shared her experience with painting on the Parax Stone Paper and gives useful tips!
Working with Parax paper for mixed-media drawings I was able to experiment with different kinds of marks and effects. When I draw I usually work in layers -starting with watercolour washes, and then adding lines in pencil, going over that with ink, and repeating to build up an image. With the Parax paper some of the effects were different and working with wet layers was very different than on traditional art papers like watercolour paper. This meant adapting how I worked or even choosing a different kind of drawing tool.
Some top tips!
Working with water:
Because Parax paper is non-absorbant, you can move the water around… but keep in mind that it will also keep moving the pigment around.
You can use a paintbrush or try wiping areas with a cloth to create smears and washes – the wet areas are workable for quite a while after laying down the paint or water. You can shake, drip, or blow paint. With all these techniques your marks will have clean sharp edges because the water and paint doesn’t seep into the paper.
Be careful though, putting another wet layer on top even after it’s dry can partial remove the previous layer! But by experimenting, you can use this feature to create shades of greys or colours.
And remember, the water needs to evaporate to dry – so let it sit drying for long enough.
Pencils into water:
One of the best features of Parax paper is using water-soluble pencils straight into water. Because the water sits on the surface you can draw straight into it and create the darkest possible marks immediately. Brush water lightly in an area, then draw. A water soluble pencil will release pigment on the spot making a strong dark clean mark. The cliff side in “Nab Edge” was created this way – with lots of short lines made with a Graphitone pencil directly into water.
Try different pencils:
Because the paper has a soft surface, I found pencils of almost all weights from 3H to 6B made almost the same tone of mark. To get lighter marks try paler coloured pencils instead. Many of my geology drawings actually have grey coloured pencil in them for the pale areas that needed a softer tone.
Ink for crisp lines:
You can use pens, ink and markers and because the ink doesn’t seek into the paper the edges of the lines stay clean and sharp!
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