Hiya. A few weeks ago I made a bunch of sheets of toned paper using my Schmincke Payne’s Grey Bluish mixed with Schmincke Neutral tint. It worked quite well and I’ve been using it to practice on toned paper. I’ll be doing a huge review on several companies’ toned paper products and wanted to learn some best practices on toned paper.
It’s a process to “learn” to see the mid-tones instead of keeping the whites. I’m so used to seeing the whites that I find myself forgetting that I’m trying to keep the grey tone as the low shadow. I thought it would be easy-peasy to do. It’s taking me a little time to tweak my “seeing”. That makes art even more fun, learning a new technique.
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In fact, now that I’ve done a few paintings, I’m pretty darn sure that I love toned paper.. for drawing. I already KNOW how to paint and I finally like my technique. When drawing I find it easier to “tweak” my style. The painting has become so ingrained that it’s harder to get myself to do it another way. The best thing about that is that I so miss drawing. I find that with watercolor paper I feel positively compelled to add water, lol. Hey, it’s the name of the blog for gosh sake! But with all the toned paper I received for testing all of it is best used as drawing, inking, pastel etc paper. Not so much painting paper. I think you can use some acrylic as they don’t have much water, I’ll tell you in a few weeks, lol.
This was painted using cobalt teal, Phthalo Blue RS, Payne’s Grey Bluish, Ultramarine Finest, Transparent Sienna & Winsor & Newton Zinc White Gouache. *The texture of the background was achieved by adding salt after the second coat of the blue watercolor mixture.