Fall Sketches on Craft Paper

Lately I’ve seen some of my friends sketching on brown craft paper and thought I would give it a try. Watercolor seems to just soak into the paper, creating only muddy color, so I used gouache paint. Gouache is water based, but it is opaque and doesn’t soak into the paper like watercolor. I started with black pen, then followed with paint. Some of the lines get colored over, unlike watercolor. Because I was a bit timid with this new technique, I used white and black paint alone for the first sketch.

White and black gouache with pen and ink on craft paper

This was so much fun, I decided to add color to the next sketch and used a full spread of two pages.

Painting with gouache was much easier than I thought, but sketching on watercolor paper is still my favorite.

Mushrooms growing in our lawn

Sketching the Alaska Forget-Me-Not

Alaska’s State flower is the Forget-Me-Not. It is such a simple and delicate little flower ranging in color from pale to deep blue and even shades of pink. With a gentle fragrance of baby powder, it is one of my favorite flowers.

I’ve been taking part in a fellow artist’s “75 Day Sketching Challenge” and the last several sketches posted have been part of the challenge. Some artists are sharing every sketch on their blogs, but you really don’t want to see some of my experiments. My first sketch of the Forget-Me-Not looked like I had run them over with the car before I sketched them. They were very sad.