Recently, I was reading my friend RJ's blog ART AT HOME, and she mentioned a new (to me) product which she had ordered from an art supplier. I had never heard of water soluble art crayons, and I was intrigued, so I ordered a small starter set. I like them so much, I am thinking to get a few more so that I can expand the color range. The colors are also sold separately.
I am still getting the hang of using them. I like to draw, and I also enjoy splashing around paint on canvas. I wasn't sure exactly how they were meant to be used, but I had recently made a few drawings with a pencil, and decided to color one of them in, just to see how it worked. At first, I thought it would be something like using pastels, and as I had ordered a stump with the crayons, I first tried blending the colors with that. I didn't have much luck there, so then I got my watercolor brushes and a cup of water. That was magic!
|A gangly teenage boy and his dog, reading on a lazy summer afternoon.|
I forgot to take a photo of this when it was just a light pencil drawing.
It took a while, but I got it all colored in, and blended, and then I thought it looked too much like a coloring book, so I started blending colors and lifting colors off wet with a wadded up paper towel. I am not altogether displeased with the results. What do you think?
|Pencil drawing of a woman at the bath|
I might try a still life, maybe fruits and vegetables, next. Drawing in ink is on the agenda, too, before adding the color. Since I did not have a wide color range of crayons, I got out my color drawing pencils as well, which also work with a brush and water to blend. I do need some better flesh tones which Caran D'Ache offers.
Have you ever tried this product or technique? What do you think? Do you enjoy painting and drawing as a hobby, too?