Sometimes when I am feeling in need of a nudge, I will spend some time in preparation of papers, using different techniques and different papers.
One of my favourite is monoprinting paper with black ink and white gesso. Of course the paper has to be a more heavy weight than cartridge paper, in order to take the wet media. From one application of ink and gesso on the printing surface, I can usually take three or four prints on various weight papers – the first print on the heaviest paper, then, as the ink and gesso become more dry, I use lighter weight papers.
The way that the ink is spread around the surface (depending on how much water I spray on it) and the lines of texture produced in the gesso, are an endless source of pleasure – what an exciting surface on which to draw!
Two recent drawings on paper prepared this way: