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Fabric tape Wallpaper

Strong material

Fabric tape Wallpaper

Strong material

Stiff cardboard

Textured paper

Stiff cardboard

Textured paper

The resilient quality that gesso primer gives this paper has enabled the artist to rework details and scratch out areas to increase the rough texture of the drawing.

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Karen Raney, Mrs Robb, 36 x 28 cm (14 x 11 in) This drawing relies heavily upon a particular technical approach, with the paper primed first with acrylic gesso to give a controlled, significant texture. This resistant surface has meant that the artist can explore her subject in a vigorous style, reworking the figure if necessary with oil pastels in a series of lines and hatchings that are accentuated by the textured paper.

Tihe texture of paper can easily affect the look of a drawing and it is worth thinking about which type of paper to use for each particular medium. Using a smooth paper for pen work prevents the tip of the nib scratching through the surface, while textured paper readily breaks up any lines or marks and suits media such as chalk and pastel. The absorbency and weight of a paper is important to note before using it with watercolour as it determines the best way to handle the paint and how long a drawing should be worked on. Toned paper can also influence the look and mood of a drawing, serving either to heighten opaque highlights, or existing as a half-tone.

Rembrandt, A Girl Sleeping, c.165 5-6, 25 x 20 cm (10x9 in) Rembrandt's brush drawings have an almost unbelievably assured and spontaneous quality about them. This drawing in brown wash demonstrates how well the artist utilized his materials, producing a sensuous drawing of simple line that is brought alive by the textured paper. The high absorbency of the paper meant that Rembrandt had to draw swiftly and confidently as the watercolour soaked into the surface; the paper's rough, grainy texture is emphasized by the dragged quality of each line as the paint catches on the tooth.

The resilient quality that gesso primer gives this paper has enabled the artist to rework details and scratch out areas to increase the rough texture of the drawing.

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