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Poppy – Work in progress

Poppy. work in progress.

Here I did several things for the first time:

  1. I used my home made light table to transfer my rough sketch onto a piece of watercolour paper.
  2. I used my watercolour paints and my watercolour pencils. I put on a layer of light yellow with watercolour paints (Schmincke Akademie) first and then painted with my pencils.
  3. I decided to add an abstract background formed by straight lines.

I am not sure where all that will lead me–but I am looking forward to the next opportunity to work on this painting!

Cute Kitty

Kitty. Watercolour pencils on drawing cardboard. October 2014

I had a rough sketch of this kitty, and wanted to try out my handmade lighttable in order to make a clean sketch out of it and place that on a sheet of drawing cardboard. So I put my two IKEA boxes on one side, my coffee table on the other side and placed a glass pane over them. I used one of my desk lamps as light source under the glass pane – and voila, I had a wonderful light table for the price of 5 Euros (this was the price of the glass pane I got at a charity shop round the corner).

Well, the combination looked as if it could be used as a light table – but did it really work? I fetched the paper with the sketch on it and a sheet of drawing cardboard. I now noticed that even for rough sketches I should use paper with a white backside–I had used a paper which had printed text on the back which now was a bit disturbing. However the tracing of my sketch went quite well, as you can see. I then went over the pencil lines with a staedtler pigment liner which is waterproof, erased the pencil lines and then had fun with my watercolour pencils.

The Halloween pear

Pear Halloween mask. Coloured pencils on watercolour paper. October 2014

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.

Colourful pear

Watercolour pencilsl on wet watercolour paper. October 2014

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!

Fantasy Bird

Fantasy Bird. Watercolour pencils on watercolour paper. October 2014

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.

Green pear

Green pear

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!

Fairytale Landscape

Fairytale landscape. Watercolour pencils on Canson Aquarelle cold pressed paper, October 2014

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…


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