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    Monday
    Jan262009

    Experiment: Neocolors in Moleskine II

     It started with wacky circles.

    Caran D'Ache Neocolor II wax crayons on 5 x 8" watercolor moleskine.

    Continuing exploration of neocolors and water... I drew circles with Neocolor II wax crayons in a Moleskine. I painted them with size #0 Flat paint brush dipped in water and dabbed on a towell (very little water). With each color, I dipped the brush in clean water so I didn't muddy the color. Then I added more circles with neocolors and painted with water.

    I can see the potential of neocolors with water but I don't know how to control the outcome as as I'd like. Different colors have different reactions with water. Some seem to melt like butter are more vivid than others. Others don't dissolve much or are a bit gritty.

    I'm impressed with this watercolor Moleskine paper. This piece was drawn on the back of the neocolor mandala described in Experiment: Neocolors in Moleskine I within 24 hours of each other. The paper was really put to the test, saturated with neocolors and water on both sides. Plus the paper is dreamy for working with PITT pens and gellyrolls ~ see Mandalas en Route.

    Kids of any age can dray with neocolors. They can then be blended with a finger, a blending stick, or with water. They are easy to wash off hands. This is similar to the Kandinsky Neocolor Circles project my daughters and I did last summer, with a splash of water. The trick would be to keep the amount of water to a minimum. If too much water gets on the paper, just place a paper towell flat on top and press lightly then lift (don't rub).

    Could you use the art supplies you have in different ways? Could you experiment with new media? Get out of your safe zone! If you usually draw in colored pencil, try charcoal. If you usually knit, try doodling. If you usually doodle, try photography. If you usually embroider, try watercoloring. If you usually write, try block printing... turn your creativity upside down! When you return to your medium of choice, you will have new ideas to try... let me know what you try!

    Reader Comments (4)

    That turned out really well....

    Oh that is beautiful!!!

    01.26.2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

    Pitt Pens- is there a type you like best as I see there are markers, brush markers, Pint pens etc...
    Like your work, love all the color and inspiration.

    01.28.2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

    Re: PITT pens, my favorite is the black or sanguine Superfine (S) nib for doodling, sketching and writing in art journals. Permanent, consistent lines. I use the Brush nib, which is very soft, for coloring in doodles or shading ~ lots of colors. What I did, and what I suggest, is to try a few brands and nib sizes (also try Sakura microns for example) until you find a few that feel good. There's a new Extra Superfine black PITT pen that I need to try!
    Hope this helps!

    01.28.2009 | Registered Commentergypsy

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