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Tests to see how watercolour pencils perform on different paper surfaces will require a different set of tests to those for non soluble pencils.  We have different requirements and different expectations of watercolour pencils (aquarelles).


We use the soluble pencils to make underpainting washes,  to work dry colour on to the paper which is then moistened.  We may use them purely as dry pencils.

We may need to be able to remove surplus colour from the paper - how much size has the manufacturer included in their paper formula?  Does the colour lift easily and successfully?    When we work dry pencil over a pre-wet surface, how soft has the paper become?  Does the paper surface lift and become damaged ?  How much does the paper distort from wetting ?


Mostly when we are going to use a wet process on paper, it is advisable to stretch the paper first.  I don’t think I have the facility to stretch over a dozen papers for testing - we will see !


I will be going through my paper stock looking out any papers that appear suitable for soluble pencil use.  As with the earlier wax and oil based pencil tests, the list of papers will not be comprehensive - simply a cross section of what I have.     

Most of my papers are European manufactured.

I will be using three brands of watercolour pencils and keeping to the same brands and colours throughout the tests.


This may take some time to set up, so don’t hold your breath waiting for the posting here.  You will get some sort of an update before the end of August, though.

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Tests for Pastel Pencils and Mixed Media will follow in due course.

Until then the next active page is discussing COLOURED PAPERS


PAPER AND SIMILAR SURFACES

COMPARISONS


PAPER SUITABLE FOR

WATERCOLOUR

PENCILS

PAPER FACTS & SURFACES COMPARED

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