One of the best places to buy teas in Quebec City is Camellia Senensis. They import teas from around the world and their selection is huge. This is a serious tea-drinker’s store and one of my favorites.
I had bought tea and had left the store when I got the crazy idea that it wasn’t cold and that I should sketch the store. It’s been a long time since I’ve sketched outdoors and the time was right. Heck, it was only 32F. And so I did.
I did a quick layout with a pencil and then started working with a Noodler’s Creaper flex pen. I’m trying this as a somewhat different approach to my outdoor sketching, trying to loosen up the lines a bit relative to my typical consistent line width approach. I think I’ll know better whether I like it when I can sketch without my fingers screaming at me because of the cold.
I finished the sketch (no color), stuffed my displeased fingers back in their gloves and headed home, quite smug with myself for having sketched outdoors. I added some color when I got home.
The Zeta paper is an 180lb version of their Epsilon (100lb) paper and for pen/wash I can think of nothing better. Very thick, no curl paper that’s smooth like a hot-press paper. I’ve been using an Epsilon for all my museum sketching this winter and it looks like the Zeta will become my go-to sketchbooks for outdoor sketching. Stillman & Birn continue to amaze.