"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for." - Georgia O'Keeffe

Monday, May 13, 2013

Koi watercolor on Twinrocker paper

I finished the painting on the Twinrocker watercolor paper that I had purchased from Daniel Smith. This paper is 14"x17 1/4" with four natural deckle edges and is cold press on one side and hot press on the other. "Koi in Aqua Water" is done on the hot press side (I had started it on the cold press side and was unhappy with it so restarted it on the other side). I must say that the hot press side is a bit soft so care must be taken if you choose to use a masking fluid but I still like it.

"Koi in Aqua Water", 14"x17 1/4", watercolor   Kathleen Ballard

This handmade paper is not perfectly straight on all sides (some of it may be due partly to my photograph) which I think is lovely.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Twinrocker Handmade Paper

A couple of weeks ago I ordered a few sheets of Twinrocker handmade watercolor paper from Daniel Smith and really liked it. Later on, I decided to check out Twinrocker Handmade Paper's site and discovered that they offer paper samples. I ordered a packet of 8"x10" watercolor paper assortment which included a sheet each of hot press, cold press and rough papers, each handmade one at a time with four deckle edges and their watermark.

This watercolor paper is made from 100% new cotton, is archival and acid free as well as being tub sized with gelatine allowing the paint to stay on the surface of the paper clear and bright.

I just received my sample in the mail which only cost ten dollars including shipping from the company in Brookston, Indiana. Also included is a descriptive page, watercolor paper price list, description page with codes, weight and thicknesses, and a certificate for a 25% discount on an order of WC paper.

This watercolor paper is beautiful and a pleasure to paint on. What is your favorite paper and surface?

Twinrocker Handmade Watercolor Paper sample packet

Twinrocker WC papers, hot press, cold press and rough