I have at least 30 (possibly more) different types of watercolour sampler papers that I’d like to test, so I’m going to try to do a little piece of art each day–maybe during lunch breaks, so I can make sure I do them quickly, not worrying about the drawing details. Or worrying about, you know, anatomy and stuff.

Also of course I’m going to try to keep the comic chugging along.

Today’s “spend no more than an hour on it this time” test of the paper samples stars St. Cuthberts Mill Milford 140lb cotton cold press (“not”) paper.

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Light pencil erases easily; paints lift well; the paper warps when wet but dries flat; and I discovered I need to learn PATIENCE before layering on this type of paper–it doesn’t dry immediately, but stays workable for a while, so I found myself accidentally scrubbing off the underlayer of paint.

I was also being my usual timid self, and the colours looked a bit washed out. I think more (patient) layering would give a much more vivid result, judging by how bright the more pigment-dense paints along the side look when thumped on the paper in masstone (in “full strength,” so to speak).

According to the manufacturer:

Millford is the newest watercolour paper developed by St Cuthberts Mill. It is styled on the discontinued Whatman watercolour paper….It is mould made from 100% cotton (just like the original Whatman), and its beautiful surface is created using natural woollen felts. It is deliberately created to have a high resistance to water, so its washes perform very differently to traditional watercolour papers.