Hello dear friends, below is the last bit of video I compiled from my splashing about with my new watercolors and etegami paper. What a magical process! Honestly. It is like having a new kitten! (No offense Teddy.) Find the first post/video here.
I'm guessing here but would say that the etegami paper is layers of sumi-e paper and other papers that give it more rigidity. Another guess is that the higher the "blur" factor the lighter the sizing in the paper. Sizing is what keeps paint and ink from running on your paper. I'll confirm this with JetPens.
This is the magic, the bounty, the delight of watercolor. The color runs in unexpected ways. It has no mind, it finds the way to flow. Your hand is a facilitator. The paper used encourages it to flow more or less. This particular paper, like sumi-e paper*, is like a good parent, allowing the "child" to become what she was meant to.
Watercolor is a perfect metaphor in my mind.
My artist's eye sees more to be done with these small works. "There aren't lights and darks!" "Emphasize this or that!" "Balderdash."** There is a mastery to Sumi-e painting but I've largely ignored that here, wild Westerner that I am. Enjoy the last bit of video. I sincerely apologize for the lighting.
Here are the supplies I used from JetPens
*Sumi-e paper is a very light weight paper, slightly transluscent used for calligraphy and black ink paintings in Japan. The paper is unsized or lightly sized. It's usually in a roll.
** Balderdash: senseless talk or writing; nonsense. Late 16th century (denoting a frothy liquid; later, an unappetizing mixture of drinks): of unknown origin.
Sumi e Paper from Blick Art Supplies (this is sold in pad form)