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Neocolor Squares

11x15" cardboard backing to watercolor pad, neocolor IIs

Looking for experimenters willing to throw caution to the wind. Get a piece of cardboard (or paper), draw thick neocolor squares all over, overlapping. {Please create a background of your own, of course!} Use neocolor IIs (the water soluble type). Pick one of the options below, leave a comment to officially OWN that option.

Add collage. The experimenter was Sam who did a funky collage.

Paint with a layer of white gesso. The experimenter was Sophie of Miss KoolAid who did the gorgeous neos + gesso.

Spray with a fine water mister, let it soak in.  I did this experiment. After spraying I didn't see much change, so I let it dry and misted again (and again). The colors look more intense but not much change. I added a tiny bit of ephemera.

A few weeks later, in an alphabetical stamping mood, I stamped with white gesso:

finished art journal page, 11x15" cardboard backing to watercolor pad, acrylic, neocolor IIs

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Reader Comments (8)

I'll be painting over it with gesso. But it won't be on cardboard, it will be in one of my journals.

11.3.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMissKoolAid

Sophie, Thank you for being the first to take on an experiment! I have a feeling the layer of gesso on top of neocolors could be quite awesome, with the neos blending with the gesso and peeking through!


11.3.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

Fun! I'll add collage to mine.

11.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSam

Sam, Thanks, I think collage will look cool with a background of vivid neos.


11.4.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

I posted my before and after photos on Flickr (in the Daisy Yellow Prompts pool.) I used the gesso straight from the bottle. Next time, I think I'll dilute it a bit.
This was fun!

11.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMissKoolAid

Sophie, I LOVE the background you created. You must have more strength than I do, because my arm was exhausted just coloring the neos lightly in squares. This would make a gorgeous background.


11.4.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

Ooh, I JUST did something like this the other day with Crayolas...I'll have to bust out my Neos! I love the way you can let your mind wander (or press just a teensy bit harder when relieving some pent-up frustration!).

PS I, too, love Sophie's dreamy gesso-covered neos!

11.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I just posted my pics on flickr and added them to the pool.
I am thinking about the type of paper that works best for the Neocolours. I kind of prefer the effect you get with smoother paper .... anyone have any preferences?

11.5.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSam

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