Saturday, January 14, 2017

New Line of Paper - Stonehenge Aqua

A few weeks ago I received a sampler package of Legion Stonehenge Aqua paper.  In the sampler pack was a sheet of 300 lb CP, 140 lb CP, and 140 lb HP watercolor paper.

Taking the 140 lb CP, I folded and cut into a small accordion journal to see how it handled being folded.  Unlike Arches which cracks at the folds, this paper seemed to handle it well.  How long it holds up to being folded and unfolded remains to be seen.

With this little journal, I've decided to dedicate it to practicing sketching people as I learn how the paper handles different mediums.

With this couple, I first used an 0.3 mm mechanical pencil to test how a very thin lead worked on the paper surface.  It didn't do bad and no breakage of the lead.

Next I used my extra fine fountain pen, Platinum Carbon desk pen to see if the nib hung in the paper fibers.  That too handled well even with nib held upside down for thinner line applications.

Final was the watercolor (DS) and I liked how it went down, blended, and lifted.

Note:  As I experiment with this paper, I am mentally comparing with my favorite - Fabriano Artistico.

First impression............Not Bad :-)

First two folded pages scanned:


Debbie Nolan said...

Susan - thank you for sharing your critique on this new paper. I have never seen this type before. Great sketches too. Hope your new year is off to a great start.

Susan Bronsak said...

Debbie......not sure if they are still doing this but they were sending this sample pack to anyone who requested it. Cathy Johnson is the one I heard about this paper from. If you click on the link in the post (Legion Stonehenge Aqua), at the bottom right of the page should be "Request Samples" It took awhile for me to get this sample pack but it did finally show up.

Ginny Stiles said...

Great review and good tip about asking for samples (I did that).
And I need a lesson on how to make a folding book!

Susan Bronsak said...

Thank you Ginny :-) Lesson coming up !!

SusanA said...

Thank you for the tip, Susan! And I look forward to your accordion journal tutorial.

Susan Bronsak said...

SusanA.......steps for the accordion journal are now posted. You may have seen it already but if not it is currently the most recent post. :-) Hope it helps.

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