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.
These are some quick flower sketches which I did as preparation studies for an inkscape drawing. They were done on one morning before work, on some piece of scrap paper.
What a difference paper can make! The one I used here is coated paper. It is very smooth, and it is recommended for markers and felt pens. I used my stabilo 68 pens here to try out some blending. I added the black ink lines after I’d done the colouring, because you have to be very careful not to smear the ink. I am more satisfied with the blending of the various greens. You still have to have three shades of a colour – a light, medium and darker one in order to make it look good. Even with this kind of paper you cannot blend a dark blue with a light blue – as you can see above.
I combined PITT Artist brush pens and Polychromos coloured pencils in this painting. They have the same colour names and the same numbers; however the colour range of the PITT Artist brush pens is more limited–there are only 60 colours, whereas the Polychromos pencils have a colour range of 170.
I used a piece of paper from my sketching pad. I am not very happy with the result–the colours are not so intensive as they are on drawing cardboard or even acrylic paper. I’ve got the impression that the ink is sucked in by the paper. As a consequence I will use the sketching paper for what the name says: sketches and drawings which then can be transfered onto the “real” paper.
I used acrylic paper which was left over thinking that it might be a nice bookmark. The drawing is my own, just the result of doodling around with pencils and pen.
I decided to re-activate my watercolour pencils and play around with them. I enjoyed doing this painting although it showed me how much I still have to learn regarding mixing colours – as you can see in the smaller flower. However you can only learn by practice, and practise I will.
I have been creating some notepads lately. Here are two of them:
And here are two made by Simone Gatterwe: