Hi All and hope you are staying warm and dry....

I love drawing on toned paper. Recently I bought a tan and gray toned sketchbook from Strathmore, using 400 series paper. 
It's lovely, but it's a hard and slick surface. I can't use my Gelly Roll white pens on it. I also can't get any good tooth out of my Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils, or Derwent w/c pencils. Wet white gouache works ok, but I like a chalky-pencil-like texture. I also tried a Spectracolor beige pencil, and it's just not lying down without really heavy marks and that won't work either. 

So, Does Strathmore make a textured toned paper in a spiral sketchbook? I can't seem to find it listed. I'd rather sketch on kraft paper, it has a nice tooth! I liked the spiral bound book, much easier to carry i the field than loose sheets. 
I see loads of folks sketching using the white Gelly Roll pen, but not on this paper. Any thoughts? 

Linda M. Feltner Artist, LLC
P.O. Box 325
Hereford, AZ 85615
(520) 803-0538


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