Following on from yesterday's post (see VIDEO: Lizzie Harper compares painting on different watercolour papers), Wendy Hollender contacted me to tell me she had also produced a video about testing different papers.
Her video (and blog post) display
Some comments on the video before you watch it:
Perhaps the most important conclusion she makes is that taking time to get to know a paper properly is necessary if you really want to make a proper assessment. In other words she could work with all the papers in the list if she adjusted how she worked.
So here's the video (which you can also view bigger via YouTube - click the YouTube bottom right in the video when you start it).
Her blog post provides more details about Evaluating Hotpressed watercolor papers for botanical drawing. It covers:
Both this video and the one from yesterday are now included on my page in the Education section about Paper for botanical artists. This also offers guidance on how to test paper.
The most important advice I have to offer is that only YOU can work out the best paper for your work. That's because everybody works slightly differently and what works best for one artist will not suit another.
So take your time and do some testing:
DO YOU HAVE A VIDEO OF YOUR PAPER TESTING?
If so, please do let me know.
If it adds value to the ongoing debate I'm happy to share it via this blog and my website.
I've now got all the names of those exhibiting at the RHS Botanical Art Show which will be held in the Lindley Hall in London later this month.
TODAY - I'm going to highlight the Trade Stands - which have introduced a few new names for me. Those teaching botanical art might like to note the numbers that relate to education and learning about botanical art.
TOMORROW - I'll be detailing the names of all the artists from all over the world who have been selected to exhibit at this years RHS Botanical Art Show in London. Some of them will be winning medals later this month!
There's details at the end of this post of dates, times and how to get there.
Botanical Art Societies
Both botanical art societies will be detailing what they have to offer for their membership fee and their different approaches to membership arrangements.
NEW South London Botanical Institute - Founded in 1910 in Tulse Hill, the South London Botanical Institute has a beautiful botanical garden and herbarium and runs a wide range of courses, workshops, school visits and events for all ages.
Education - tuition, diplomas and certificates
Those exhibiting with trade stands are split between individual tutors and organisations which offer taught Diplomas in Botanical Art.
The following are three Gold Medal winning botanical artists who are also botanical art tutors who have been teaching for many years. You can expect demonstrations and answers to questions you may have.
The following all offer a Diploma Courses in Botanical Art and will be able to show you what's involved and what they have to offer - plus (probably) artwork by students
For more about opportunities to learn more about botanical art see my Education section about tuition, courses, classes and workshops across the world
Various Arts and Crafts
Hannah McVicar - is a printmaker and illustrator who specialises in botanical screenprints. She also teaches courses in how to screenprint and will be demonstrating screenprinting live.
Rachel Dein - Rachel practices nature printing in concrete. She creates plaster cast tiles that record all the texture, pattern, and delicacy of plants and flowers
Save Me I'm Wild - this is about a concern for the loss of wild plant habitats. They produce Fine Art Prints and handmade cards
The Pressed Flower Guild - The Guild aims to raise the general standard of pressing flowers by enabling members to meet and share expertise and experiences.
Yateley Papers Ltd - will be offering block-printing taster sessions. Starting at 11am, classes are limited to 4 per session and on a first come first serve basis.
Maybe I'll see you there?
Location: RHS Lindley Hall, London SW1P 2QW (see map below)
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Botanical artist and tutor Julia Trickey GM SBA has produced a 5 minute video which has lots of tips and techniques.
It's based on a recent commission to produce small artworks for a display board showing which plants can be found in a rockery.
More Video Tips about Botanical Art
You can find more videos relevant to botanical artists (including ones by Julia) on my website page about Video Tips for botanical art. This has additional pages about:
You can see more videos by Julia on her YouTube Channel - Julia Trickey: short adventures in botanicalart
On Tuesday, a number of botanical artists using watercolour and coloured pencil met with the Marketing Director and Marketing Manager of Fabriano Paper at R.K Burt & Company - the paper importer who imports Fabriano paper into the UK.
The purpose of the meeting was to:
You can read a detailed write-up of the meeting in UPDATE #2: Fabriano Paper - a meeting and conclusions. There will also two more blog posts about the paper production process and the blind testing process.
Fabriano came away with a very clear understanding that:
We also concluded that it might be productive in future to do the blind testing in advance so that this can be more realistic in terms of the ways artists work - in terms of the number of layers of paint that can be applied and lifted and reworked.
The meeting was very positive and productive. However it's not going to produce a solution overnight. Indeed it might take quite some time. Fabriano will use the information from the meeting to start the process of addressing the issues raised by running a test at the end of July. This will use data collected from the meeting.
All parties came away feeling that it was now much more likely that Fabriano can develop improved production parameters and quality testing to ensure future production of their paper continues to be much loved by botanical artists and all other artists wanting precise control over their media of choice.
I'll be providing further updates as and when there is more information on the progress made.
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