I recently found an unused sketchbook in the bottom of a drawer in my studio, a 6x6” Khadi paper one, with rough paper, so I thought I’d have a play with it, and I was really surprised with how good it was. The colours
are so vibrant and I loved the textured, organic surface...
I had a look online at the Khadi website and was impressed at both the quality of the paper (avid-free, archival, handmade) and the ethics of the business (the factory is in India) - take a look at the website to see for yourself... click here
I duly ordered some individual sheets of paper (A5) to have a go at doing some finished paintings on, and here are the results...
You can see how vibrant the colours are! Because the paper is handmade, it has some slight imperfections and isn’t totally flat, but I love that, as I think it adds to the uniqueness and character of the original painting. I also love the deckled edges you can see in the photos above. These rough edges are created as each piece of paper is made individually,
Because I want the decile edges to be part of the finished painting I plan to frame these (if and when they require framing - I generally sell my work unframed on my website) floating over a mount, with all four edges showing in the finished piece. Something a bit different for me.
It’s always nice to unexpectedly discover a product that ticks all the boxes, and leads you down new paths!