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Laura demonstrated a few paper treatments during our first class on January 21.   First, watercolor paper was coated in gray ink wash then salt crystals (rock, sea, table, kosher) were thrown onto the paper to extract the ink and create organic-looking formations.  Secondly, lace was held above a sheet of watercolor paper while ink was sprayed from a bottle through the lace, to replicate the pattern.   Laura also demonstrated ink and sponge techniques to provide surface variance.   Lastly, crushed color pastel was applied with a sponge  to another sheet of paper for a similar surface effect (a brush could be used as well).  Each method can be used to start a drawing, as a way of letting the treatment influence the content, style, and creative process.

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