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Bee Paper Bouquet


Bouquet In Blue. 6 x 9 in. watercolor & pen on Bee Paper. 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

Bouquet In Blue. 6 x 9 in. watercolor & pen on Bee Paper. 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.


I learned first hand, one of the qualities of this paper. Then found a YouTube video that demonstrated the same trait. Bee paper grabs the paint.

I’m not sure if I have used this paper before. I have a pack that I could swear was marked clearance. I thought because they were going to stop carrying it. But I found it is still for sale on the Michaels website. This paper is an odd size, 6 x 9 inches.  It is:


  • 140lb/300gsm
  • 25 sheets
  • 100% cotton
  • Acid free and archival
  • Cold press surface
  • Internally and externally sized


So it grabs the paint. What does that mean? Once you lay the color down, you can’t move it. On a high quality paper, you can go back into an area with water to soften edges, or move the pigment. I did this intentionally, but for example, the bottom right and top left of the table have hard edges. As opposed to smooth blends.

Having said that, I found this paper allowed me to blend smoothly. More so than I would usually want. You can see this throughout the piece. The  background is two colors, and it is very hard to see where one begins and the other ends. I was working very quickly, and I am sure that helped.

The area where I discovered the difficulty was in the flowers. The front facing blooms. I added Burnt Sienna over the Cad. Yellow to mimic a two-toned petal. I wanted the second color to soften and spread along the entire length of the petal. Instead I ended up with a petal that was half yellow and half sienna. Chunky Monkey.

I was so intent on smoothing the petals, I forgot to scan the “before”. It took several attempts. And though I did manage to get a few smooth transitions, it is clearly visible that those blooms are darker. The side view buds are clean Cad. Yellow.

There is a texture to this paper. This video shows you better than I can explain.  The grain did not show up in my painting or the scan. Very surprising that the paint did not settle and highlight it. I opened the scan up at 300 ppi  in Photoshop, and still could not see it.

I was in a hurry to paint and I did not tape down the paper. I worked very wet and the paper only curled a bit on the top and bottom edges. Not bad at all. Terrific actually!

I found that I really enjoyed this size. It’s  not too big, and not too small. It’s juuusst right.  Ha ha. I was very comfortable with it. Blah, blah,blah. That is my long-winded way of saying I am surprising pleased with this paper! I am very happy with this piece.

Bee Paper sells a variety of products including journals. mixed media and pastel paper. I’d really like to try one of their journals.







Hollow, Concave Container




Small Bowl
5 x 5 watercolor on paper
© 2017 Sheila Delgado


The artist is a receptacle for emotions
that come from all over the place:

from the sky,
from the earth,
from a scrap of paper,
from a passing shape,
from a spider’s web.
Pablo Picasso

Painting picture by picture,
I followed the impressions my eye took in at heightened moments.
I painted only memories,
adding nothing, no details that I did not see.
Hence the simplicity of the paintings, their emptiness.

Edvard Munch








Day Two ~ And A Short Tale

Day 2, 1.2016. Three buds, 8 x 8 Mixed media on paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado. sheiladelgado.com

Day 2, 1.2016. Three buds, 8 x 8 Mixed media on paper. © 2016 Sheila Delgado

“I am on a roll!” Sheila said out loud. “Too bad it is going downhill and gaining speed fast.”

She had struggled all day. Painting, reworking. Ripping the failures into shreds. She worked through lunch. Skipped supper too. But the harder she worked. The worse the paintings became.

She decided it was time to stop. Time to admit defeat, for tonight anyway. She would face tomorrow just as Scarlet had – with hope and determination. Tomorrow is another day, after all!