This Morning’s Disaster

This morning I set out to do a couple of things.  First was to do another ink / pen drawing.  I used the same sketchbook as I did yesterday, one with lightweight paper that worked very well yesterday.  Second, the attempt to stretch myself a bit and do a beach scene.  I find waves incredibly difficult.

The sketch itself was okay – nothing particularly challenging in and of itself.  I rather liked the composition.  However, if you look at the sketch above, do you see those little greyish streaks in the lower left and center?  That should have clued me in then and there – the paper is very thin.  Water?  What was I thinking of?

And here we are, with washes applied with a lot of water.  Even though you cannot see it, the paper became mottled in appearance, buckled and crumpled.  Ugh!  But, what the hell, I may as well try something.  And thus, I picked up my box of Caran D’Arche’s Neocolor II crayons, and carried on . . .

Having never really used the Neocolor crayons before, I will say I liked them.  I scribbled in colors which I thought might work, and then laid other colors on top of them to blend before using water.  And then with a waterbrush – not a laden brush – I smoothed and shaded.

I am not pleased with this picture at all, but I still learned something about a medium I haven’t really explored – the watercolor crayons. On a heavier paper designed to take water, there is a lot of potential here.  I love coloring, so I can see myself moving into this area, perhaps more so than with watercolor pencils, which seem more delicate to me in their color rendering, but perhaps that is wrong as I have limited experience with them as well.

Oh, well.  The picture was a disaster, but the potential far outweighs it.

 

4 thoughts on “This Morning’s Disaster”

  1. Am I correct that you first washed with watercolor and then colored watercolor crayons before you finally applied water on them? It sounds like an interesting way of combining and blending different textures. I look forward to the next one on a capable sheet of paper!

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    1. Hi Yul – yes, I did. I thought I would do a watercolor, but the paper buckled as a lot of water was applied. Because the watercolor pencils don’t need as much water as paints, I thought I would try out my Neocolor II watercolor crayons as the paper was already trashed. After I colored with the crayons, I took a waterbrush to spread out the crayon colors I had put on top of the watercolors.

      I hope that makes sense!

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