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Q&A with FlorenceTurnour

FlorenceTurnour asked:
Second, I would like to ask about paper. In the paper doll version of Robin (my favorite technique so far; yes I plan to add a face), I used regular card stock. It sucks up the ink so quickly that it becomes slightly soggy and the surface is easy to damage. The four moms and two Robins are on Strathmore drawing paper. It worked fine with the ink, though it is thin, and I'm not sure if the (lumpy) layers might show through in collage. The image showing both Robin and his mom is on watercolor paper. I did not like the way the ink felt on that paper, but I thought you might like to see the whole image that I'm using to practice. So,I would also appreciate any suggestions about paper.
FlorenceTurnour answered:
Thank you. I will check out the blog post about paper. That sounds like just what I need. In any case, card stock is definitely not high enough quality for this. These are not actually painted. I use stamping ink and homemade stencils for Robin and his mother's face and hair. The details are fine tipped markers that use the same inks. I find my drawings with the markers are tighter than I like, I think because the lines are all uniformly thin. I'm considering trying to learn to use a pen and nib . That's completely new to me, though, and I don't even own the tools. I have so many art supplies. I'm torn between trying to use what I have and letting Robin's story lead me to a new medium. I saw Matt Rota's class on Craftsy. I am leery that I'd need years of practice before I can make the marks I want. I'm OK with a marathon, but I'd rather not embark on a transcontinental jog. Do you have any feedback about that medium? Your dogwood painting is enchanting.
MinMin. asked:
90 lb. watercolor paper works nicely - hot pressed.
FlorenceTurnour answered:
Thank you.
burrowss3318163 asked:
I love your characters and the "negative" drawing in your images. I really like the softness of your images. I get that in my underpaintings by using pastels and then washing them with a wet paintbrush. Amount of water determines how soft they get. These are great.
FlorenceTurnour answered:
Thank you. I have a few pan pastels. I'll give that idea a try.