Still drawing, still glad that Traci challenged us with her 30 Days of Drawing. But I must admit that while I'd love to post daily, even more than once a day, it doesn't always happen that way. But drawing always happens.
There isn't time to shoot and post pics of the last few days of drawing, but I do have time for one and I'll share what I did in case it might be helpful. I was out when I drew this, and I discovered that I had no plain paper of any kind with me at the time, so I used what I had. I cut a square of patterned cardstock, flipped it to the white side and drew on that.
My idea was to imagine what this young boy might be dreaming and quickly sketch it in ink. I know that if I was curled up on a comfy piece of fur (which looks like a flokati, only softer...) with a silky animal plushie for my pillow, asleep on top of my toy box, I'd be dreaming about riding through the skies on a mythical stuffed animal come to life.
So that's what I drew, and the paper worked wonderfully with my Rapidosketch. So did the watercolor. Even somewhat saturated, the paper fibers held their place. The water dried quickly without buckling, so puddling wasn't an issue, making it easy to apply layers of color quickly.
If you don't have what you need, use what you have. I'm so glad that I don't view patterned papers as precious or special. I still have stacks and stacks of them left over from design team days, sent by vendors to sample and demo. Even when they're beautiful, if you need the other side, use it!