I have taken a break form posting but not from painting. I am finishing a short online course where we painted 100 small and not necessarily finished drawing/paintings. Layers and layers of paint and scraping back into the surface are some of the techniques used. These are done with acrylic on paper from Dick Blick that is 90 pound and very inexpensive. It has a nice weight for simple studies and the more paint you layer on as well as matte medium, the nicer and more like leather the paper becomes.
It has been a fun exercise and a a nice diversion from the weather. I hope everyone is starting to thaw out!