Featured image by Brenda Swenson

At Sketchbook Skool, we spend a lot of time talking about change and inspiration. We love it when fakulty members encourage students to break out of their comfort zones and there are plenty of ways to do this, whether it’s through taking one of our courses or perusing the blog for ideas on new things to try. For a recent email mini assignment, fakulty member Brenda Swenson encourages students to try a new surface for their watercolor adventures. Her assignment included the following suggestions for students trying their hand at different types of papers:

I sketch and paint on papers not intended for watercolor. For example, pastel paper, brown paper bags, manila envelopes, mulberry paper...

A few things to keep in mind when working on different surfaces: -Your watercolors will look and act very different. Don't worry about it... play! -The paint will be influenced by the tint of the paper. -Use less water so the paper doesn’t buckle too much.

Feel free to break all the rules! One of the great joys of being an artist is experimenting with new subject matter and materials.

Here are a random assortment of images we found on social media from this assignment!

Ann Sinarski

Ann Sinarski

Annemarie Welsh

Annemarie Welsh

Carol Lowne

Carol Lowne

Cathy Tenzo

Cathy Tenzo

Frans Koene

Frans Koene

Helen Leigh-Phippard

Helen Leigh-Phippard

Jan Finlayson

Jan Finlayson

Linda Toolsema

Linda Toolsema

Nathalie Zinger

Nathalie Zinger

Wendy Hameleers

Wendy Hameleers

Zeynep Erdal-Caner

Zeynep Erdal-Caner

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