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January 29, 2019


Thanks for this post. I learned through trial and error (and lots of wasted cash) to arrive at using artist grade materials for my attempts I considered too amateurish for such extravagance. My favorite discover for mixed media on-the-go work was Stillman & Birn. I came to discover them by buying a hard-bound one with white paper, and I did like it, so yes, paper preferences can be extremely personal. I've been stalled lately by a strange notion that I have to fill my small 3.5 x 5 journal (with terrible paper for watercolor washes, really) before I can move back to using up my other papers and getting to the canvases I've been stashing hoping to return to acrylics, one of my favorite materials.

Look forward to reading more of your posts on this, especially the one on fear of failure!

Thank you for this super helpful information. Really excellent guidance.

This was a very helpful article - It's encouraging me to go back to taking classes at the Visual Arts Centre across the street. I stopped when the prices jumped up. One of the teachers there used to sell us a package of paper samples for $5 - very useful as a cheap way of experimenting with different surfaces.
I'm looking forward to your other articles.

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