Yesterday, I came across some vintage Arches Hot Press watercolor paper. I’ve only ever used Cold Press, so wasn’t sure what to expect, other than a flat surface to work on.
Only have six sheets, but they are large (22 x 30 inches). I took one sheet, folded it in half, then half again. Kept going until I ended up with two small test sheets, roughly 7 x 11 inches, to play with.
Test Sheet number one was Noodler’s Ink with an old dip pen. Was going to be a family heirloom – a pocket watch burned in a fire (story on that some other time) – but as so often happens with my coffee sketches, once the pen hit the paper, it took off on its own. The result is Watch, Man. (I love commas!)
Verdict: Love this Hot Press paper!!!!!!
With Test Sheet number two, decided to try watercolor pencils with a Pentel Aquabrush. Once the colors had *pretty much dried, I felt the need to wander in with a Uniball pen. The ensuing scene is reminiscent of the city of Boston, as seen from a distance.
The things that look like balloons in the upper right-hand corner are notes on the colors. *The mauve (lower right hand edge) was still glistening when I took this picture.