I have had this pad of black paper for ages. Once in a while I try a sketch or two, but for the most part, this black pad has been lying dormant.
I subjected one sheet to my ‘fold and dunk’ process with visions of a Paul Klee-ish masterpiece dancing in my head. I was really surprised when the ‘coal black’ of the paper leached into the sink water in which it was soaking.
I squeegied the paper onto my board and, when it was nearly dry, I glazed it with a combination of titanium white/gouache. The folds in the paper did not accept the pigments as well as I thought they would. The end result was a dirty chalk board look. (Show of hands: Who remembers dirty chalk boards from school?)
I used watercolor crayons next to draw a portrait using some shapes that I have used in the past.
Here is my abstract portrait on darkish paper: