Before I started stamping just over a year a go I was working primarily with die cuts and as many of you know 'cause I witter on about it, prior to that I was painting portraits.
Well, here is something that I started about 5 years ago (hanging my head in shame) and as you can clearly see it's not finished!!
I decided to experiment with some of my beloved Arches Aquarelle NOT watercolour paper, drawing on it rather than painting - a challenge to say the least. The vast majority of my pencil work has always been done on cartridge paper and this behaves very differently.
Watercolour paper comes in 3 types:
ROUGH - Course surface
NOT - Moderate texture & most commonly used for watercolour.
HP (Hot Pressed) - Relatively smooth and great with pen and ink work.
In hindsight, HP would have been the wise choice, but I didn't have any and as you can clearly see from my sketch the bumpy surface affects the pencil, and it smudges like crazy - once completed I've got some serious clean-up to do and will have to spray it with fixative to prevent further smudges.
Why am I showing you this unfinished piece - simple, procrastination!!
I've come up with awesome excuses for myself as to why the poor boy still only has half a sweater and I'm hoping that by posting this I will be somehow compelled to finally finish him.