William of the Vintage Paper Company (located in Stromness in the Orkney Islands), sent me a sample pack of some 60 year old paper. Its 167lb paper manufactured about 60 years ago. and is mould-made from cotton rag with gelatine size. I couldn’t wait to try it out and so started work on a painting of Prospect Cottage, Dungeness, Kent. I have to say, I loved the granulation on this paper and when I painted the black cottage with Daniel Smith’s Lunar Black (which contains iron) the result was very appealing (you get some idea of it from the photograph below).
I also received a hot pressed paper, which is very creamy and smooth. This is a paper which has been made specially for the Vintage Paper Co. and its very beautiful stuff with its deckle edge. It seemed to demand something more detailed than the subject above so I thought I’d try a floral painting – not my thing at all. Nevertheless I set too and you can see the result here.
The light was coming from the side in this photograph so it rather emphasises the texture of the paper which is actually quite smooth. I’ll post another one with light from above here.