I can’t believe this!! I typed a whole weeks worth of notes about sketches with very eloquent anecdotes 🙂 hit preview and lost the lot – twice!! Grrrrr. I’m doing this on my tablet because for some reason I just can’t get into WordPress via my computer to add a post. I’ll try again with an abbreviated version.
I have been doing some experimenting this week with a few different materials. While I love gouache I do get a little bored using the same thing each day.
Firstly my usual gouache.
Then from my dungeon of art supplies. Very old Stabilotones. I haven’t used these for ages. These are chunky water soluble crayons – now discontinued but replaced by Stabilo Woodies. I like that you can use them to draw, spread the colour with a water brush and draw back over again , either wet or dry. They work well on this paper without the bleed through you can see from the following page.
A little gouache from a photo on Wetcanvas by Bun for the 2 hour challenge.
Another from Bun. I like participating in the weekend challenges on Wetcanvas because I can always find motivation there when I’m stumped for something to paint.
Another from Wetcanvas from a photo by Scattycat. This was a challenge to paint on an unusual surface. I have so many different objects from a past life here that I didn’t want any more around the house. I picked up a book of sheet music from the op shop one day meaning to use it for something like this. It was a great surface to take a watercolour wash.
And another from a photo by Scattycat. Sometimes the painting happens fast but words fail me. So a quick Google search for something cow related and I slightly adapted the words. Apologies to John and Paul.
One from my own photo stash. A pretty fellow who visited our picnic while on our trip around Oz.
Another one from my pics.
I inherited a stash of art goodies which included a set of polychromos pencils. I have never had the patience to use these before although I have admired work by others. My sister in law wanted to do some drawing and set up a vase of flowers. Not the easiest subject to start with.
I’m not good at tedious and needed a faster way of sketching. It was suggested on a Facebook site that a faster way of sketching is to use markers as a base with coloured pencils over. I experimented with the markers but found they bled through this paper like thin tissue. I then tried them over a coat of gesso and that was successful. The markers like this surface and and the polychromos worked really well on top.
I use a few pages in the back of this journal for trying these different things out. Definitely not a pretty sight! So on to more experiments.
I’m posting this now before I lose it again! I’ll be back to edit after I’ve posted.