TUESDAY JANUARY 19 ’16
Beautiful blue skies and a real Sydney summer’s day. With a nice little bunch of white gardenias and red geraniums, we’d be doing quick sketches using alternate mediums.
The others were waiting already, along with Jane and her dear little grandson, who was much more interested in a gelato, than what we would do. After a few laughs and an ice creamy mouth, they headed off for pastures green.
First off the rank, we used Inktense pencils. Straight in, not even a black line sketch. Layer on any of the colours and add a dash of waterbrush. Next it was Derwent Artbars. They’re a soluble set of wax triangular ‘crayons’ which can be scribbled, rubbed, layered, watered down etc.
Actually One sketcher had a sample Daniel Smith one, and I liked that a lot. Did my next sketch using that one then added as many Artbar colours as I wanted. Rubbing with one’s digit gives a lovely blended look too. Love how differently we used all these materials.
Then Caran D’Ache Neocolor, Wax soluble pastels. All behave in a similar way. All the colours can be layered up, and rubbed back. We really enjoyed having a play with them all and we found that whatever colour you started with, dictated the look you’d end up with – soft and muted or strong and bold. That’s it for Summer Sketching, till next Summer.