This has been a month of drawing. I was sorting through a plastic bin of unused papers and I came across this thick khadi paper with beautiful deckled edges. It’s truly thick, almost like a piece of chipboard. This paper is from India and is made of cotton rag. I have probably had this little pack of paper for more than 15 years. I think I bought it when I worked at Paper Source in college.
I think of myself of liking thinner papers, and often I don’t end up loving more textured watercolor type papers. But now I’m not so sure. These khadi papers are so substantial, I love the materiality of them. I found that I liked to brush water onto them, and then draw into them with water-soluble graphite (my favorite drawing implement.) It’s a very painterly drawing experience. I tried to be minimal with color to allow the paper to stand out on its own, but I did add some color with diluted gouache.
I love the naturally torn and deckled edges. I need to find a way to frame these that shows off the edges nicely.
Here you can see my “envelope of inspiration”, which is exactly what it sounds like. I store reference images, inspiring textures and fabrics in this large clear plastic envelope so that I can easily draw from something when inspiration strikes. I have drawn some of these old photographs a number of times. I am starting to feel the need to seek out some new images.