Michaela Bartonova shared some great tips on getting started with Paper on her blog Misha on Paper. She writes from an artist’s point of view, but her advice and encouraging attitude applies broadly. “Don’t be afraid of the blank page. After all, here, more than anywhere else, you can’t go wrong.”
Couple of times a year I organise painting workshops. It is quite remarkable to see people discover a medium (acrylics, oil) for the first time, to see them play and goof around with it. I recently had this experience myself - with Paper. For two weeks I have been playing with this great new tool and I would like to share some of my observations with you. I hope you will find them helpful!
1. Don’t be afraid of the blank page. After all, here, more than anywhere else, you can’t go wrong. But
2. Don’t change every stroke, even though you can. Build confidence.
3. Play with it!
4. A finger is more then enough to get excellent results. (I just got the Bamboo Stylus, but more on that next time)
5. Paper’s format and tools are perfect for quick sketches.
6. Calligraphic drawings are best when kept simple. The trick is to achieve a kind of movement and rhythm. This is not so hard to achieve on Paper, and here, rewinding comes in handy. First try, rewind, second try, rewind, third try - yes, the rythm’s there! It requires some practice, but it will get you great results.
7. Watercolor really adds some life to your sketch. It is extremely versatile and there is so much to explore! The chosen colors go together very well. Don’t be afraid to mix them. You won’t go wrong. Black and grey are great for serious or almost ceremonial drawings. Combined with the pen, the results can be aestetically excellent.
8. Don’t feel like you have to fill the whole canvas. One dot, one colored smudge or one line can be so much more effective (and descriptive) then a fully colored page.
After writing these tips I realised that I will be missing out on the best part - interaction. If you want to keep in touch, you are interested in feedback or you want to add some tips of your own, tag your posts #LearningPaper
I will be keeping an eye on the tag and looking forward to seeing your work! Happy creating!