First, my tastes are very eclectic - vintage to '60's to freeform to elegant. This actually looked better in person. Love the scattered, woven look w/the variance in tones. The primary color is obviously blue but there are some nice subtle, but can be pulled out, grass green flecks. Works well with the striped paper in the grouping. Not sure why some are named after states (it is not always obvious in the print) but I like this but don't see "Alaska". I just see nice paper!
A Black Friday impulse purchase. It looks interesting in a broad swirly way. There's a big helping of mixed media in all the messiness as well. Good enough, so I clicked add to cart.
I've cooled off from my shopping frenzy, and this is the morning after. I get the idea behind this design, but to my eye, it's just layered on a computer, messed around with but not quite realized. The only thing that really, really works for me is this faint background buzzy noise in golds and brown -- you'll have to zoom in to really see it top center. What gets me most are those sizeable fake marker swoops (a Photoshop effect). These are floating in the absolute top/front of the paper pattern. It's almost as if these swashes were done on a sheet of glass and laid over the top instead of being part of the artwork. Maybe that doesn't bother you, but I have standards when I spend this much on paper. This effort fails to get the mixed media effects I love because the execution didn't go the way I prefer.
We all have opinions and use papers differently, so I'm not belittling anyone. Apparently, the other reviewers have found plenty of great uses. I'm writing this to inform better beginners and people who struggle with getting the right amount of texture and interest for their artwork.
What gets me the absolute most? That face mid-left. About 6" sketched in light blue, two eyes close together, bright blue nose. Can you see it? When I pulled this paper out of the plastic, this is the first thing I saw! Bleh.
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