Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Review Day 3 - A5 Rhodia Landscape Webnotebook #Rhodia #Exaclair #Zentangle

This week I'm reviewing the A5 Rhodia Landscape Webnotebook with a different example each day using different media.

Exaclair, Inc. is also letting me give away five of these notebooks, and you can find out how to enter at the Day 1 review post.  


Mixed Media-Pilot Drawing pen, .005, Ohto Graphic Liner .01, Water-soluble Distress Marker and 

My goal for this example was to show how well art and technical pens work on this paper.  The landscape became a bit of a steampunk phantasmagoria, and I decided I wanted my bubbles to have more of steel marble look so I used some watercolor markers and Zinc White Acrylic paint to achieve that.


I use a lot of media, many different kinds of pens, markers and paints, in my Rhodia Webbies.  But I think the paper works especially well with fabric-tipped art or technical pens such as the Pigma Micron, or in this case a Pilot Drawing pen and Ohto Graphic Liner.

There is no feathering, skipping, spitting, show-through or bleed-through.  The smooth paper is friendly to the tips, 'causing little wear on them.

It is easy to get both bold crisp lines and also the fine wispy lines.  This, of course, also depends on the pens themselves, but the absorbency and tooth of the paper counts for a lot, and the Webbie paper is just about perfect for the style I like--lots of variation.

I only used a few swipes of the watercolor markers--Tim Holtz Distress Markers--wetting them just enough to soften the lines.  I only wanted a tint, so I used a thinned down Zinc White acrylic paint to soften the color even more and then heavier Zinc white to give a little more marbling.  There was no dimpling  from the wet media.

Although the acrylic looks different on the page, your fingers can't feel any difference to the surface (at least, mine can't).

What can I say? I like to switch between papers to get a variety of finish and textures, but if I were forced to choose only paper for doing my pen work, I'd choose the Clairefontaine paper used in a Webbie.

Exaclair, Inc. is also letting me give away five of these notebooks, and you can find out how to enter at the Day 1 review post.  

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