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on: May 09, 2015, 05:42:22 PM
I have about a dozen sheets (3" x 4" ) of HEMP paper to experiment with.  With its grainy texture, it worked well for this underwater scene.

Sorry the scan did not come out as good as the painting. 

The paper is acid free, recycled, made in USA by Green Field Paper Co.  This piece was 70LB/100GSM, but withstood several layers of wash and did not buckle - dried flat and I did not even tape it down to a backing board.

Any suggestions for ways to use it to give it a good try?

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Reply #1 on: May 09, 2015, 05:51:43 PM
maybe that brick wall that you put graffiti on would look more realistic in the hemp paper...
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Reply #2 on: May 10, 2015, 02:37:55 AM
Interesting
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Reply #3 on: May 10, 2015, 08:09:00 AM
Thanks, Robin. Yes, V-E-R-Y interesting.

I used the hemp paper for the Paintbasket drawing lesson of the cosmos flower.  Big mistake.  This paper is not good for drawing or watercolor pencils. Too ribbed.
  See:

My apologies for posting this drawing in two different places.  Just didn't want folks to have to go search for it.

I am going to do a few different types of textured background in watercolor with the hemp paper.  Hope to post those in a few days.

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Reply #4 on: May 10, 2015, 08:59:51 AM
Does give an interesting background effect Mea
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Reply #5 on: May 10, 2015, 11:25:46 AM
 :thankyou: For experimenting Mea, nice work too.
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Reply #6 on: May 11, 2015, 10:16:50 AM
Thanks, Robin and Danielle.

Here are four more hemp paper experiments, although the photos are not true to color. (Green Fields Paper Co.)


From top left, going clockwise:

1. Used masking fluid to mask the palm tree and shoreline.  Mask peeled easily from paper when dried.

2. Used white gouache with lots of salt sprinkled on as bottom layer.  While still wet, dropped some purple, light raw umber, and light black to create a marbleized effect.  Nice to watch the color hit the salt, then fracture off in all directions.  Will practice a lot with this - want top do some unique pieces.

3. Laid plastic wrap crumbled onto wet paint.  Worked well on sky, but not so good on the grass.

4. Several layers of washes over salt.  Then painted on colored flowers.    (Terrible composition!)

My take:  I love the little (3" x 4") hemp papers for small projects like the palm tree scene.  I can just glue them onto blank greeting cards.  The paper takes lots of water with no buckling.  The salt is hard to rub off after it has had a lot of washes over it.  Was using the hair dryer on the floral composition, but it dulled the color terribly., so did not use the hair dryer on the other three.

This was fun.  I have six sheets left if anyone wants me to try something different.  Oh, I want to try a wax resist., too.

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Reply #7 on: May 11, 2015, 10:23:21 PM
Here's another hemp paper experiment.  I used candle wax on the petals where I wanted highlights.  Because I am working with such small pieces of paper (3" x 4"), it's hard to make the resist look effective.


Too bad I couldn't get the outline lines fully erased as this turned out pretty well for a practice piece. Yikes, the signature came out pink - it was supposed to be a light orange like the tinge on the petals.

Again the 70lb/100GSM paper stood up beautifully - no buckling. Dries flat.

It's fun to work with small pieces of paper because it is less intimidating to me.

aloha

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Reply #8 on: May 12, 2015, 08:58:21 AM
I think the candle wax resist on this paper would be very effective in a snow scene, such as on the tops of pine boughs.
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Reply #9 on: May 12, 2015, 09:18:45 AM
Thanks, Susan.  I hate the thought of painting S-N-O-W, but you have a good point.

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Reply #10 on: May 18, 2015, 06:30:52 PM
I am in Hemp Heaven.  My friend gave me 15 sheets of 3.5 x 5 inch; 35 sheets of 4 x 6 inch; and 20 sheets of 8.5 x 11 inch sheets of 70 lb. hemp paper.  That's the weight I had such good luck with last time.  Holds up better than the regular 140lb.

It was a payback gift for mother sitting her 92-year old mom a few hours a week.

Don't know if I will have much time to play with it as I head for Cape Cod in a week.  May try it for one of Dennis's WC lessons tonight.

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Reply #11 on: May 19, 2015, 05:06:16 AM
Lucky girl to have such a nice friend. I haven't seen any hemp paper around here yet. Look forward to seeing your future creations  :heeha:
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Reply #12 on: May 19, 2015, 07:33:23 AM
Thanks, Val.

Wish I had more time to experiment with it before my trip.  Wanted to use it last night, but was trying to finish up Nolan's Misty Forest.

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Reply #13 on: May 20, 2015, 10:35:23 PM
Decided to try some stippling tonight on my hemp paper.  I made a hydrangea bloom and some cherry blossoms.


My branches are showing through too much on the cherry blossoms, but the stippling is perfect for making those blossoms.  The scan does not show the intensity of the blues and purples on the hydrangea that I see in the painting.

Anything else to correct?

Had fun with this.  If I were 30-years younger, I would start a hemp paper factory.  I am so happy with how it works for watercolor.

aloha

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Reply #14 on: May 21, 2015, 08:27:51 AM
 :smitten: These are beautiful Mea!
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