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Hero Gatherer by AllisonStanley Hero Gatherer by AllisonStanley
Title: Hero Gatherer
Media: Pen and Ink on Calf-skin Vellum. Size: 8.5" x 10"
This is a page of an illuminated manuscript I'm illustrating.

Some unique properties of vellum include: It's slightly transparent and doesn't react to the oils of your skin. It's very durable and it can last a long time.
November 2012

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DaisyRyan Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This illustration is breathtaking and very inspiring!
Can I just ask, is this vellum suitable for watercolours too? I'm trying yo
DaisyRyan Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry! Glitchy phone is NOT good for leaving comments lol!
What I was trying to say was, i'm teaching myself to use watercolours but I can only find textured paper, which of course affects the art (especially outlines!). Would vellum paper be good to use as a smooth watercolour paper or if not, do you know any good smooth paper to use for it? It's something that has been bugging me for quite a whil since i'm often seeing beautiful watercolour illustrations on here with smooth outlines and amazing control of the paint, which is impossible with bumpy paper. I know this piece isn't watercolour lol but i'm very interested in this new paper you've used.

This art is amazing and you've earned yourself a new watcher ;)
AllisonStanley Aug 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You might be looking for hot press watercolor paper. It's less textured than cold-press but would accept the medium.
The vellum I was using in this picture is not paper. It's animal skin. I think it is suitable for watercolor. (but I'd ask an expert really. you would need to make sure the watercolor binds properly and would not flake off.) You would have to work very dry however, wet on wet would buckle the skin. 
Regular vellum 'paper' is not very easy to watercolor on because it's surface feels very waxy so it can't bind to the surface. You could use an ink wash very nicely however, but you can't lift off the color like you can watercolor.

hope that helps
Wow, this is so full of details, I gotta love this!
She's beautiful and looks so sad... but still she has a look on her face like she would really know what she'd be doing with those roses.
I've also always loved these b&w pics so much. This is just great!
AllisonStanley May 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you :)
emg591 Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
love it
bear48 Dec 17, 2012  Professional
far out
rannveigfunderud Dec 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, very nice!
AllisonStanley Dec 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you
puzzledpixel Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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