I started a little 3.5”x5” Stillman and Birn Nova with gray-toned paper. It’s perfect for plein air botanical sketches. Art supply-wise, I traveled light for our three-hour hike yesterday, only bringing this sketchbook, a fountain pen, and a white gel pen for these quick studies.
I’ve also started a new, larger Strathmore 500 Mixed Media sketchbook. It has a warm color paper, and it seems to handle all the various mediums I use: ink, washes, graphite, colored pencil, etc.
Toned paper is more fun than I had imagined. I love practicing animal sketches from the old Walter T. Foster art books. They’re geared more toward oil and acrylic but I make do.
I keep practicing textures from the book 101 Textures for Colored Pencil:
Here’s the start of two metal point sketches, a little bunny and a mossy tree. I bit off more than I can chew with the tree, however. The detail is overwhelming. The bunny is on mineral paper, and the tree is on watercolor paper with the traditional silverpoint ground that came with my kit. I’ve found it’s very hard to photograph metalpoint because it’s shiny and reflects light.