The thing with sketchbooks, is you need good paper. It really does make all the difference to a decent sketch. So you can image how challenging a Khadi-paper sketchbook can be. Not only is the paper roughly textured, but it swallows up watercolour like there is no tomorrow!
However, there is always a Solution
and for this sketchbook I prepared some pages with gesso.
This will enable me to use acrylics for sketching ideas.
Prep with grey gesso and below
white/burnt sienna mix
As the gesso dries permanent, this makes it an ideal surface for acrylic paints -
of course, you could also prepare the pages with White gesso, I just chose not to.
Not all pages are gessoed though.
I have also painted directly on the white pages with acrylics -
rough 'blocking in' idea for a future painting.
They remind me where I want to go with a large canvas.
This sketchbook is proving to be worth its weight in gold.
(I'm also going to add this post to my Useful Painting Tips blog, it may be helpful to anyone wanting to draw on khadi paper - sorry if this is very repetitive for those of you following both blogs)