Lana Vanguard

June 26, 2010

Lana Vanguard may sound like the name of some glamorous American actress but it’s actually a new type of synthetic plastic paper.  This paper is a cousin of the better known Yupo paper which has become increasingly popular with watercolourists.

Inspired by the fabulous work on Sandy Maudlin’s blog, I’ve just purchased a pad of Lana Vanguard and have had my first little experiment to see what sort of textures and effects I can achieve.  It’s a very interesting surface to work on and isn’t like anything I have ever used before.  I’m liking that paint can easily be lifted back off to restore highlights or add texture.  However, this is something of a double edge sword as it’s also very easy to lift colour off when you don’t want to.  I’m looking forward to spending more time working with this paper and will post any interesting developments.

Experimental study - watercolour on Lana Vanguard

Close up view of watercolour on Lana Vanguard


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