Peerless Watercolor Papers- Helping Me Be an Artist

By Gerald Trainor

Peerless watercolor papers, moleskine watercolor notebook
I am one of those people who will usually deny it if someone calls me an artist. I am somewhat reformed at this point, and I am becoming more comfortable with the title- there is no denying that we are all artists in our own way. And for me that means accepting that the masses of pen strokes and globs of paint that I manage to apply to paper every now and then are actually starting to look like something. Okay, I admit that what they look like are a bunch of clouds and a variety of shrubbery, but they are taking shape nonetheless, and the clouds and shrubs have now become intentional.

Part of the process of becoming comfortable with my clouds and shrubs was in simply taking the plunge. By that I mean just putting something on the paper- making the lines, and adding the paint. It meant taking a chance that I might “mess up” a clean white page in my Moleskine Watercolor Notebook. It meant, well, messing up a bunch of pages. Fran Meneley, in one of her journaling classes at Two Hands Paperie, gave us a great quote by an artist named Jesse Reno that should be on the wall in every studio: “If you can’t take a risk with a piece of paper in life, dude, good luck.”  Messing up a few pages here and there is just the way it goes. In doing so I have managed to get to a point where what I sketch or color or paint actually resembles what I see in front of me (at least much of the time). For me that was a big step forward.
Peerless watercolor papers, Moleskine pocket watercolor notebook
I can take credit for having the courage to take the plunge, but I feel that some of the credit has to go to the materials and tools that I use.  Granted, pictures don’t paint themselves. But having a nice watercolor book, with thick, strong pages, and deep rich pigment to put on it really helps the process. A recent addition at Two Hands Paperie, and an across-the-board favorite for employees and customers alike, are the Peerless Watercolor Papers. Peerless Watercolor Papers have been around for over 120 years! The original formula was developed in 1885, and has never changed. The dry, self-blending pigments are impregnated into paper for a stable, travel-ready watercolor set. They come in two different sizes, the Peerless Watercolor Small Bonus Pack of loose sheets 2 by 2 inches square, and the Peerless Watercolor Complete Edition which is stapled into a cover measuring 2 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches. My personal favorite is the Small Bonus Pack- I can tuck them into my backpack and not even know they are there. Between my Peerless Papers, Moleskine Pocket Watercolor Notebook, and Watercolor Brush Pen, I am ready to travel and paint clouds and shrubs from anywhere!