What draws you to using watercolor to hand-letter over using traditional calligraphy ink?
I think what draws me to watercolor versus traditional calligraphy inks is the versatility of what’s currently available. Between commercially produced watercolors and the community of handmade watercolor makers (i.e. TinyCactus Designs, PeachyPress, TheSouthernBrush, Hydracolour, Aloha Watercolors, etc.), there are so many options! I have a passion for supporting small businesses and the ladies behind these paints put so much time, love and research into their products. You’ve got paint-makers creating color-shifting paints, holographic paints, duochrome paints, glow in the dark paints, the sky is the limit. So, I feel like the ability to create not only texturally dynamic pieces is now an option, but the ability to create more visually powerful pieces is possible.
Which Bee Paper product is your favorite? Why?
That’s easy! My favorite is the 100% Cotton Watercolor Paper in 140lb. The weight, even though it’s a standard weight across all manufacturers, just feels good in my hands. I like a paper that is going to hold up to the types of watercolors I use and, sometimes, the abuse I put it through! When I send artwork to friends, family and clients, I want them to feel like they’re getting a quality piece of artwork. Some of the bigger brands make 140 lb. watercolor papers, but they feel flimsy and have no character. These big brand papers have little to no granular texture to really showcase the paints I’m using properly, but Bee’s cotton watercolor paper has that nice granularity.