Watercolor Portrait 70 of 100: Princess and Kelvin

This is the first time I've worked with Khadi paper and was a bit worried that it might warp since it felt too light. I was concerned that it might not be able to stand water or multiple layers of watercolor.
An Artwork A Day, Paintings, Watercolor  /   /  By Rica Espiritu  /  40 views

What? Wait – where did the 69th painting go? I’ll post that within the week. Well, I should be finishing it within the week.

It was a beautiful Saturday when I started this painting. The sun was out and I was already done with sketching it on paper.  All I needed was the time to paint and that’s exactly what I did when I visited Christine’s place.

Princes And Kelvin-draft

What makes this painting unique, aside from being done on-the-spot in the client’s residence, is the paper. I bought this online from a local shop called ArtWhale.  It is called Khadi Paper. It is handmade with cotton [100% long fibered rag], 210 gsm and acid free. This is the first time I’ve worked with Khadi paper and was a bit worried that it might warp since it felt too light. I was concerned that it might not be able to stand water or multiple layers of watercolor.

The problem with doing portraits is that it has layers upon layers of color. At one point, I started lifting paper fibers with the brushes. This isn’t good since it means the paper itself can’t take much abuse. Perhaps this paper would be great for urban sketching and landscape painting (I will continue this mini review next time).

Princes And Kelvin

Nevertheless I was a bit pleased when the paper straightened out a bit the next day.

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