This is the result of simply playing around. From a certain moment on the pear looked like a nose in such a way that I could not resist trying to create a face around it – or a mask. Whereas the pear has been painted with pencils on a wet paper, the background was done with pencil strokes wetted gently by a damp brush.There are two tiny spots where I applied one of my new aquamarkers, just to see what it would like.
When you wet the paper first and then go in with your watercolour pencils you get a wonderful intense and rich colour. You can even mix your colours on the paper. I experimented with going over a dark green with a yellow colour, and got a middle green.
The thing is only that your pencils will be melting like snow in the sunshine!
I used all my blue watercolour pencils for that painting. I worked with various layers, taking the pigment off the pencil with a brush and then painting with the brush. I know it’s a bird which you’ll never find alive anywhere, but I had very much fun in using all the different colours.
Ups, pressed the wrong button! Well, well, well.
In my online course watercolour pencils I recently learnt what you can do with the broken tips of your pencils – you can put them into a palette well, add water and a bit later use them as normal watercolour paint. I had indeed a broken tip – my light green pencil broke – and decided to apply my new knowledge. I had to wait a bit, then I could use the paint out of the well, and painted this green pear with it (with some darker green pigment, but most of it came from the pigment of the broken tip). As pencil breaking is something which happens regulary to anybody who uses watercolour pencils this experience will be extremely usefull!
A few days ago I saw a photo of a mushroom with a snail on it and thought that it could be part of a fairytale landscape…
This was done on the last sheet of my rough watercolour paper. I found it very difficult to work with pencils on that kind of paper. However, I had to use it up – two things I cannot throw away – paper to draw or paint on and books.
But I did some research on other watercolour papers, and finally I managed to identifiy the German equivalent for cold pressed and hot pressed paper. (in Germany, we have rough watercolour paper (“rauh” in German), cold pressed watercolour paper (in German called “matt”), and some hot pressed papers, called “satiniert” which means “like satin”. I went to a nearby art store and bought a pad of Canson cold pressed watercolour paper. Just now I am working on a new painting, and I am quite satisfied with the paper.
Now, that the days are getting shorter and autumn has arrived we all might do with a little colourful birdie which reminds us that spring will come again!