Archive | August 2015


Snake. NeocoloursII on watercolour paper

The background was done with a stabilo 68 pen. You can create nice textures by changing the directions of the strokes.

I painted the snake by applying some of the shavings of the watersoluble wax crayons with a brush and by taking the pigments off the crayons with a wet brush. I noticed, that I had to be careful not to have too much water on my brush when I did the latter – otherwise the paint is far too watery and liquid.


Cat Sketch

I used a photo as reference which was provided by Floyd in the Watermedia Forum at Wet Canvas. The photo can be seen here.

It was a quick sketch, done without erasing.


This is my contribution to the August challenge of the Floral and Botanicals Forum over at Wetcanvas – Foxgloves.

I used the shavings of my neocolourII watersoluble wax crayons, diluted with a grop of water, applied with a brush. I used one of the reference photos there as a general inspiration and guideline.


Triangles. NeocolourII on watercolour paper.

Here I played with the geometrical form of triangles and with warm and cool colours. I also mixed making marks with the crayons on the paper with applying the colour with the brush.

Little Bird

Bird. NeocolorII on watercolour paper

After having done quite a lot of abstract paintings I wanted to try something more real – a little bird, sitting on a branch. It is not realistic, though, but it can be identified as a bird, I think. Of course there is not bird in such colours – so it is kind of a fantasy bird.

I am still excited about the ways you can use those watersoluble wax crayons – in this painting I didn’t make any marks with the crayons and only applied the paint with a brush.

The background was done with a stabilo 68 pen. Some might wrinkle their noses because of the streaks; however, they didn’t happen – I very intentionally created them when I coloured with the stabilo 68 pen.

Dragon King

Doing colouring pages is a very good way to learn to know your pencils, and so I decided to choose a dragon and try my best. I used polychromos coloured pencils from Faber-Castell, one or two pablos from Caran d’Ache and one from Staedtler. I also used stabilo fineliners to add some hightlights and contrasts. I worked with a quite limited palette, only using reds, blues and yellows. Reds and blues once were colours only for kings resp. for Queen Mary – the reason for that was that they were hard to get and very expensive.

Green Curves

Green Curves. Oil pastels thinned with alcohol, on watercolour paper.

Another experiment I did with my oil pastels. As they are studio quality and quite hard to blend with the fingers I took a brush and my small bottle of isopropanol and blended them with alcohol. The difference between the single colours is amazing – red, yellow, orange and even the pink are still strong even when diluted, whereas the greens are losing their vividness. So I decided to draw the lines of the green curves with my polychromos coloured pencil after having sprayed a fixative on the painting.