Art / Drawing / Painting

Over the moon!

I got myself an early birthday present. It’s awesome. It’s a set of Caran d’Ache Museum Aquarelle pencils. They are soft and smooth and full of pigment.

In a pretty wooden box...
In a pretty wooden box…

It’s a big set. I’ve been saving for it for a while now, because I want to combine watercolour paint with watercolour pencils. I had some Inktense pencils for a while, but somehow they did not speak to me, and I gave them to a good friend. Watercolour pencils, however, do click. Why, I don’t know, they’re not that different.

So many pencils!
So many pencils!

The set is very pretty and contains many colours. One layer is filled with neutrals entirely. There are quite many different reds, yellows, and blues, so I can mix all I want. Tonight I played with them a little bit, after some hesitation (they’re so perfect! I hardly dared to use them), but soon it was too dark, so all I managed to do was doodle a bit.

A bunch of lines. Not that interesting, right?
A bunch of lines. Not that interesting, right?

Just to see what would happen, I quickly drew a suggestion of a flower with some green around it. Then I took my waterbrush and started painting. Lo and behold!

The colours exploded!
The colours exploded!

Not bad for a couple of lines! I didn’t paint everything, which is kind of nice, I think. I added some pink after painting but that didn’t flow smoothly anymore. Apparently you draw first, paint later, and keep it that way.

Of course I had to try to draw a cat too.

A tortie (of course)
A tortie (of course)

I didn’t take a picture before adding water, but it didn’t look like much. Some scribbly lines and hardly any colour. That changed a lot when painting! It’s still quite surprising to me what the result will be, but I hope that I will become better at predicting it as I use them more. Exciting!

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