New Toy Appreciation Post! Also, Susan.

So, I want to say that I appreciate y’all for helping support my hare-brained idea and existence.  It means a lot to me.  One of the things I wanted to share is one of the things that you helped me get, and that is a new piece of hardboard.

What is hardboard and what’s the big deal with it?  It’s basically a piece of mdf (medium-density fibreboard that is sturdy and water-resistant due to the wax and resins that go into forming it), but it’s in sizes and thicknesses that are appropriate for use in making art.  It’s also that thing that you’ll see in a lot of artists’ studios on easels or propped against a wall that have pieces of paper taped to them, and usually are smeared with ages of old paint and gesso and look like a paint pallet exploded at them.  It basically gives you a hard surface to work on that protects the other surfaces you’re working on, or if you’re using an easel, which are not generally  designed for sheets of watercolor or mixed media paper to be used on them.

For somewhere around 10 years now, I’ve been using an 11×14 frameable card.

It works well enough, but it’s not ideal.  For the easel, I’ve been trying to make do with the back of a large sketchbook, and that is so very much not a great surface to work with.  Worse than the cardstock, to be honest, which is why I haven’t used the easel much in years. Really, I needed hardboard.

You wonderful folks and your patronage helped me get a 18×24 piece from Blicks, and it arrived the other day, and *gods* it’s so nice to work with appropriate materials again.  Especially ones that don’t have fold ridges running down the middle of them.

I have to admit, I’m a little confused by working on a clean surface again, after so long with the paint-and-ink smeared cardstock.  I mean, I’m sure that’ll get messy soon enough, but it’s still a bit odd.

I’ve been so happy about getting to work on a good surface that I’ve got a mixed media experiment started *and* a new misfit monster done!

This is Susan.  Susan is a good example of why I shouldn’t think about monsters and flowers at the same time, or maybe she’s a great example of why I *should* do just that.  Either way, I was thinking about monsters and then I started thinking about flowers, and black-eyed susans in particular, and well…paint happened.  She is very friendly, even if she does have a lot of eyes.

She’s done on 4″ x 4″ watercolor paper, with watercolor paint, Coliro pearlcolor paint, and ink.

Now, however, it is past 2 am, and I should probably think about going to bed and getting some sleep.  Sweet dreamings, all!

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