A nice by-product is simply having more paper around the painting, now, that can be used when matting so that I can actually space it correctly. I'm pretty happy at the difference. The differences in the others is as marked, but I'm going to just show the finished ones here, and you folks may well recognize some of these. *laughs*
I really like how the pine tree ended up as the old paper had these odd vertical lines on it after I'd painting on it. I wasn't too sure I liked the extra shadowing of the branches on my wisteria... but so it is.
chrysanthemum and plum blossom dvd that Oriental Art Supply sells. Ning Yeh is kind of fun to follow as he's pretty easy going and really paints all out. He just strokes things on with a flow that's easy to envy in a way. No fear and no hesitations. He just places stuff and it's lovely. I really do like his layouts, and I love the flow of this flower. Of course it's not exactly like his, but I really enjoyed doing the leaves nearly as much as the flower itself. There's also one looking down more on the center of the head that I've done, but it's drying as well. *laughs*
John and I did the whole backing process on the chrysanthemums in order to practice and see how things worked here instead of there. In SD the paintings took three days to dry. Here, when we put them on a plexiglass plate, they dried within an hour; but the plexiglass didn't have enough grip for the glue, and they literally fell off the plexiglass. We heard these pops and crackles and it turned out that the drying paper was pulling so hard it pulled the glue right off the plexiglass. Luckily, the glue works just fine on regular glass, and after I rewetted 'em and put them back up on glass, they've dried straight and haven't just popped off again. Whew.
It was a really good thing I decided to do pure ink drawings for this exercise as all the repeated wetting and drying would have wrecked havok on the watercolors, as they can and often do run when rewetted, unlike the ink.
Now I have pictures to make a visual tutorial of how to back 'em. That should be fun to do.