Wrapping Up Two Strathmore Aquarious II Sketchbooks

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Toward the end of April, 2018, I gave myself the challenge of filling a 4.5″x5.5″ sketchbook filled with Strathmore Aquarious II watercolor paper that I had made quite a while before. After I made the sketchbook I discovered I was not happy with the paper when using my old method of working, which included pencil drawing before inking and finally adding watercolor. The paper’s surface is soft, and I found it impossible to use a pencil without making grooves in the surface, and that also made it impossible to erase pencil lines completely. So the sketchbook sat unused for quite a while.

Later I began using fountain pens, which transformed my drawing process. I was using less pencil predrawing and focusing more on ink drawing. Finally I decided to take the plunge and fill the little sketchbook with ink-only sketches. If they all flopped, it would be no great loss…

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