Sometimes having to work with materials you don’t like can help make you do something different. In this case, it was having a set of moleskine books with paper that is too thin for watercolour or ink or micron pen. Why I bought that type of paper, I do not know.
In a ‘do not waste paper’ mood, I decided to try my not very well used coloured pencils. I was pleasantly surprised by how well they glide over smooth paper. I also tried holding the pencils so that they were on their sides rather than their points. This awkwardness made me scribble and unable to ‘draw everything’. It also somehow got me looking more and finding what was dark, what was light and what was interesting.
Working from the side of the pencil also helps create longer and sharper points which came in handy for reinforcing darker spots. I liked that bit.
In 20 minutes I’ve now have a use for this type of paper.