Thursday, February 9, 2017

Sunbathing in the Fields #Watercolor #Bockingford #LegionPaper

With today's painting I found a not-match.  I used my Mijello Mission Gold Pure Pigment paints on Bockingford watercolor paper.  Whereas I like the way the Mission Gold performed on Stillman & Birn Beta paper, using it on this Bockingford was a bit tricky.


I quite like the texture of the paper and the way the paint flows.  Usually, the Mission Gold paints don't flow easily, but on this paper they do very well.  So the two should be a good match, right?

The problem stems from the fact that the Bockingford paper is noted for allowing paint to be lifted easily.  And the Mission Gold paints are also noted for allowing paint to be lifted easily.  So what happens when you mix the two?  Ouch.

Glazing (applying a layer(s) of paint over a layer of already dried paint) is almost impossible.  Fortunately the paints are strong enough that you can get dark values the first time around, because everytime I tried to add more color, I either smeared or lifted some of the color that was already present.

As with all products, the trick is using the tools in a way that uses the strengths to advantage.

My new mantra:

(the strengths and weaknesses being the same, 
technique is totally to praise or blame)

I only have the one sheet of Bockingford, but it's on my wish list for more.  I'd love to try it with a different brand of paint but also continue to use it with the Mission Gold.  I'm sure if I altered my technique I could really create something fantastic.

Information from Legion Paper's Bockingford Page

Bockingford is a beautiful English watercolor paper, traditionally made on a cylinder mould machine at the centuries-old St Cuthbert's Mill. 

This is an extremely forgiving watercolour paper valued by professional and amateur artists around the world. Its unique surface is created by using natural woollen felts that give it a distinctive random texture to the finished sheet. 

The paper is appreciated for its excellent color lifting abilities which enables you to make corrections and get back to the white base paper without issue. This paper can also take heavy washes without displaying any distortion or cockling. 

In addition to the standard white, Bockingford is available in five other hues. This family of colors is known as Bockingford Tints.

Specifications:                                                   Applications:
Mouldmade in England                                 Calligraphy
100% High alpha cellulose                           Inkjet
Neutral pH                                                        Intaglio
Acid Free                                                          Intaglio
Chlorine Free                                                  Letterpress
Buffered with calcium carbonate                 Offffset*
Internally sized                                                Pen & Ink
No OBA's                                                         Pastel & Charcoal
Specialty Paper                                              Silkscreen

                                                                           Watercolor

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