Crappy New Sketchbook watercolor sketch


Well, I used the last page of my watercolor sketchbook and of course, as usual, I waited until the last minute (story of my life) to purchase a new one. So when I went to the store, I was kind of desperate.

They didn’t have the sketchbook I always buy, so I was forced to take what was available…handmade watercolor paper.

I thought, OK something different, we’ll make it work.


Oh this stuff is HORRIBLE. It’s super thick and soaks up the water like a sponge. Your color starts out nice and bold, but by the time it dries it turns almost white! I had to re-work and re-work and re-work.


One good thing at least…yesterday was our first snowfall. YAY!!!
It went like this: flurry, sun, flurry, sun, flurry, sun.

Call me a little kid, but I always get excited about the first snow 😀


  1. It looks quite nice as posted, but I understand your irritation. 😦 I have a handmade paper sketchbook, too, and it works great. Maybe it comes down to the sizing on the paper. I was thinking a while back that it might be an interesting experiment to spray some laundry starch on otherwise unsuitable paper and see what happened. (Starch is what you’re supposed to use when when making hand-made paper, if you want it sized.) I never got around to it, but if you have some, maybe that would make an interesting experiment for you.

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