Friday, December 5, 2008
For the longest time, I've been searching for sketchbooks/pads containing black paper. I was at such a loss on where to find them that an internet friend actually shipped me two Reeves brand black paper pads all the way from Australia so I could try them out.
Shortly after than, I found the above spiral bound book at Michael's craft store. There was a brand sticker on it when I bought it, but it's since been removed and I'm no longer sure what it was. It could be Strathmore.
The texture on this paper isn't very nice to work on, it's flat and shiny and probably better suited to gel pens. I found this also with the Reeves pads.
Still holding onto my number one spot for "best black paper" to work with, is Canson's Mi-Tientes which comes loose in big sheets, or in spiral pads. I believe it's meant to be used for pastels.
I've also tried a number of different products ON the black paper, and in the example above, those are Caran d'Ache Neocolor II water soluble crayons. The Neocolors are highly pigmented crayons that work great on dark paper, but can also be used on light colored paper. Brush over them with water and they look like you've painted with them. Another alternative is to wet a brush and rub it over the tip of the crayon to paint with it.
Note- my scanner didn't seem to love the black paper, so I did darken the background in a photo editing program. The crayon colors did come out relatively accurate.