Archive | October 2013

Colourful spheres

Colourful shapes. Neocolor II watersoluble wax crayons on Acrylic paper. Ulla Hennig October 2013

I am still deeply in love with those Neocolor II watersoluble wax crayons made by Caran d’Ache. I’ve still been using acrylic paper as support. I applied the wax crayons in two different ways:

  • I used them dry and went over them with a wet brush
  • I wetted a piece of the paper and applied the crayons.

I don’t know whether the acrylic paper is an appropriate support for the neocolors. I plan to try watercolour paper next. I’ll keep you posted about the results…

By the way: In the beginning of my “art career” I had a very strange feeling when I switched from one medium to another, be it from traditional art to digital art, or from oil pastel to coloured pencils. I was afraid to lose the direction, afraid to never come back.

My experience is telling me something totally different. Now I know that I can switch between mediums and switch between traditional and digital art. I will always come back to the one or the other. Digital painting, vector art, drawing with coloured pencils, using wax crayons and oil pastels – everything is possible and a step to a new level!

Colour splash

Colour splash. Neocolor watersoluble crayons on paper. Ulla Hennig 2013

As you might know I visited my brothers and their families over the weekend in the south of Germany. They know that creating art has become one of my passions, and so they gave me a coupon for a rather big art shop which not only exists in Stuttgart but also in Berlin. When I came back yesterday I already knew what to buy – neocolor II – the watersoluble wax crayons made by Caran d’Ache.

I went into the art shop today after work, bought a tin with 30 crayons, chose a rather tiny piece of paper and began to draw and paint. In the beginning I just focused on how to draw with the crayons, on how much water to use to wet the paint and so on. Then I began to see something in my mind – a flower, a splash of colour. In the end I used my staedtler pigment liner in order to let the form be more visible.

Inkscape Tutorial – Blur and Clip Technique

As you might have seen in some of my blog posts I am doing quite a bit of vector artwork in Inkscape. There are a lot of very helpful video tutorials on YouTube, and one of these is presented here. It is easy to follow and gives an introduction to many of Inkscape’s tools.

By the way, the next blogpost will be on Wednesday, 30 October. I am leaving Berlin for a few days in order to meet with my family in the South of Germany.

Pumpkins everywhere!

It is definitely the season for pumpkins.

On Zazzle you can find: Pumpkin stickers, pumpkin ornaments and pumpkin cards, only to name a few. This is just a selection. Clicking on the links will lead you to many, many more. Enjoy!

Spooky Halloween 4 Sticker
Spooky Halloween 4 Sticker by Gatterwe
Check out other Halloween Stickers at
Spooky Halloween Card
Spooky Halloween Card by lamessegee
Shop for a card with
And, at the very end, may I present a new creature – the pumpkinman?

Pumpkinflower – final Version

Pumpkinflower – final version

I tried to add more contrast by working with gradients. Then I exported the image into photoshop and added a background with a big sized airbrush in various shades of green. The soft, blurred background acts as a very nice contrast with the sharp lines of the vector pumpkinflower image.

Five gifted Zazzle Artists

There are so many gifted shopowners on Zazzle who need a bit of promotion. Just let me show you some extraordinary items I found on Zazzle:

1. A beautiful napkin

2. A watch with an amazing fantasy design:

3. A cute cheetah baby t-shirt

Herziges Gepardenbaby T-shirt
Herziges Gepardenbaby T-shirt by JAMFotoShirts
Design your own personal shirts online at Zazzle.

4. An autumn owls cover for iPhone 5C

5. A Horse iPad Mini Cover

Horse iPad Mini Cover
Horse iPad Mini Cover by stylishDesign
Find other Horse Cases at

Vector pumpkinflower – work in progress

pumpkinflower – vector image

I am still working on this one. Yesterday I managed to waste 1 1/2 hours of precious after-work time because I didn’t save the image properly. My first reaction was to give up the project completely, but then I sat down and wrote down the single steps I had taken – step for step.

Today I tried again, and I must say that I feel quite comfortable with the result. It is far from being finished, but I know exactly the spots on which I have to work. And I really have the impression that I learnt a lot doing most of the steps for the second time.