Have you already heard about our new papers made from agave, hemp or bamboo? With the Natural Line you now have a sustainable alternative to traditional artist papers. By using rapidly growing renewable raw materials, valuable resources such as water can be saved, which is good for the environment.
The Natural Line includes the papers Agave Watercolour, perfect for all wet painting techniques; Hemp Sketch and Bamboo Sketch for detailed sketches on paper and Bamboo Mixed-Media for various painting techniques. From pads to sheets over rolls and books, the Natural Line has the right paper for everyone.
To get a closer look on the papers in use, the artists Cesc Farré, Tanja from Cube.W3 and Rabiyat aka Rabi_Rabi have tested the new Natural Line for us and created small artworks on them. In the short videos you can see how the papers behave using each technique.
“My feeling about Agave is that is is very versatile for watercolor technique. The characteristics of the paper allows a beautiful colour flow. Colours do not get absorbed and stay on the surface for a long time. The paper is perfect for dry and wet applications “
Agave Watercolour is a paper that is perfect for all wet-on-wet techniques. Bright coastal landscapes, but also shining streetlights at dark night can be brought onto the paper with strong colour gradients. Made with 70% agave, it is a perfect paper for environmentally conscious artists.
“After drying, the fibres lay down again. The colours and the drawing look like an art print.”
“Agava is an excellent alternative to 100% cotton paper and is suitable for all kinds of watercolor techniques. Compared to other papers, the paints on it don’t lose its brightness upon drying.”
Hemp Sketch & Bamboo Sketch
Simple sketches or detailed drawings with different pens come out perfectly on the new papers Hemp Sketch or the popular Bamboo Sketch. Sustainable sketches are easily created on the papers made of hemp or bamboo.
“I find Hemp Sketch is perfect for sketches and initial drafts with pencil or dry painting techniques.”
The Bamboo Mixed-Media paper is the ideal painting surface, for strong colour tones such as a radiant sky blue with high contrasts and strong colour intensity, or for soft tones such as a glittering white of snow-covered mountain peaks. The bamboo fibres in the paper absorb much water making it perfect for a wide variety of painting, drawing and mixed techniques.
“Bamboo Mixed Media is very interesting for opaque painting techniques such as acrylic or gouache. Perfect for plein air painting as the paper supports very well the density and thickness of the brushstroke. “
Whether you want to draw landscapes, cities or something abstract, with these papers nothing stands in the way of your ideas. Have fun and stay creative.
You can find more information about the papers and our commitment to sustainability at hahnemuehle.com.