Thursday, May 10, 2012

colored pencils

11x14" colored pencil, watercolor, and gouache.

I was poking around in my paper supplies and I wanted to use up some more of this lovely heavy cold press paper.  I got a smokin' deal on a 10 pack but I didn't realize it doesn't take pencil all that well.  It's ok but it's not great either.  So I tried a few different things and it seems to love colored pencils.  Graphite looks dull but the Prismacolor pencils turn out really nice and rich.

So I made this to experiment with the pencils and see if the wax would make too much of a resist for the watercolor, etc.  I think I like it but it's definitely harder to do a really fine line like I'm used to with the smooth hot press paper and regular graphite pencils.  It does make a little bit of a resist but not to the point that it's distracting (I hope).  Plus lines in color!  Very exciting.  I'm going to do a few more of these and see how I feel about doing linework in different colors.

I realized (before I tried it, fortunately) that ironing transfers over the top of colored pencil would probably melt the wax and turn it into a mess.  Although in the interest of science I'll have to try that on a scrap sheet of paper...


gretchenmist . . . {belinda} said...

loving the work in the last few posts. i forget about the wax factor in coloured pencils too!
sounds like you are having fun with your riding :)

June rhymes with moon said...

thanks so much, Belinda! I'm liking the last few too.

riding is my therapy! it's the best :)

T. Roger Thomas said...

No, whatever you do, don't cut the white wire!