Those of you who do watercolour painting and know about stretching paper....do you find it a pain in the arse? I now use heavy weight paper that will cope with water being sploshed about and not buckle so I don't have to. My art tutor likes us to stretch our paper. I have been taking on the task over the last couple of days to be a good student and prove that I can succeed. It is all about the right amount of water on the paper and tape and timing. Out of a dozen none are perfect. I have buckles, cockles, bends, ripples and lifted tape. To push myself further into the abyss of failure I decided to try using some handmade Khadi paper with embedded petals. It's a bit on the crinkled side.
Drawing with silverpoint is something I am working on. A technique that is beautiful. I got totally and utterly lost in concentration while having a go this evening. You cannot rub it out. I rather like the fact that all mishaps cannot be erased. You use a piece of silverwire in a holder which leaves deposits on a prepared surface. Mine is ground containing sanguine colour (bit more fleshy than I intended) with chicken bone. All rather gorgeous.