Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Using a Khadi Paper sketchbook

The thing with sketchbooks, is you need good paper.  It really does make all the difference to a decent sketch.  So you can image how challenging a Khadi-paper  sketchbook can be.  Not only is the paper roughly textured, but it swallows up watercolour like there is no tomorrow!

However, there is always a Solution 

and for this sketchbook I prepared some pages with gesso.

This will enable me to use acrylics for sketching ideas.

Prep with grey gesso and below
white/burnt sienna mix

As the gesso dries permanent, this makes it an ideal surface for acrylic paints -
of course, you could also prepare the pages with White gesso, I just chose not to.

Not all pages are gessoed though.
I have also painted directly on the white pages with acrylics -
 rough 'blocking in' idea for a future painting.

They remind me where I want to go with a large canvas.

This sketchbook is proving to be worth its weight in gold.



  1. Sure....now I have to go buy ANOTHER art supply! You are SUCH an enabler! LOL ;)