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“I’ve been using Khadi papers for some years now. I tend to use the rougher surfaces.” [Richard likes the Jumbo Wiro Bound Sketch Book, ref JBWR] “The painting Over the Hills and Far Away was painted on this type of paper. The smaller books, although they are rough too, tend to be less rough than the sheets. But these have a quality of their own.
The ‘sheets’ tend to be harder wearing and can take a bit of a pounding, especially if there is a lot of texture involved, as in Haytor.” [painted on 640gsm White Rag Paper, ref R4] “Colours hold very well and the paper can take quite few washes before the grain becomes clogged.”
“I use watecolour for a lot of my work but Gouache, watercolour inks and Acrylic can be used to great effect. I tend to use the heavier weight papers as they don’t cockle. All in all, these papers are the best I’ve come across in all my 40 yrs of painting.”
Sarah Newton of Bee Jewellery uses her wonderful doll’s house to exhibit her jewellery at trade shows. She has wallpapered the rooms with our Italian printed papers.
“I love the papers because they are hand blocked, amazing quality and beautiful designs and colours. They really made the rooms in the doll’s house look really special. I have had many comments on how lovely they are! I can’t wait to paper it again!”
“I use Khadi as well as other handmade watercolour papers, always in the heaviest weights, to avoid too much distortion when specific areas are wet. Khadi is the toughest paper I have ever used… I score, fold and cut with a bread knife to achieve a rough edge when I want smaller sizes than the standard, but Khadi puts up an amazing fight even when confronted by a bread knife!
Khadi can be very distorted and irregular in shape and surface, particularly at the edges. But for certain pictures I welcome that and will sometimes roughly rip it into even more irregular shapes. I like the fact that Khadi is made in India thinking of all that light, heat and culture that’s infused in every sheet.”