Monday, August 15, 2011

Watercolor: Paint or Pencil?

With my focus recently on stretching myself to consider new subjects for my journal pages, today I found myself wondering back to flowers.  Sometimes I just need a little hit of the floral influence and I feel connected again. These were done very quickly, you can probably tell.  I scribbled them on the page and then splashed the paint around.  I drew in the highlights a bit later. 

I'm thrilled at the way my Koi watercolors have been behaving, but recently on Facebook there has been a lot of discussion on "Watercolors versus Watercolor Pencils". I belong to a group on FB called 'Artists Journal Workshop'.  It's administered by the very talented and extremely friendly Cathy Johnson. This group is named after her wonderful book 'Artists Journal Workshop: Creating Your Life In Pictures'.  In fact, Cathy posted a great little video on her blog last week that addresses just this question.

I haven't tried watercolor pencils, but I am a HUGE fan of the Neocolor II water soluble crayons. Watercolor pencils are supposed to be more portable and allow for finer detail.  I've always been skeptical about the intensity, but I think the products have come a long way in recent years and lots of people swear by them, including Effy Wild of Wild Precious Studio. Effy is another of my many inspirations when it comes to art and the artistic life, she hosts a number of free online workshops and they are a great place to try new things. 

I'd be interested to know what you think.  Have you, or do you use watercolor pencils?  What brand do you like? Do you have any tips for getting the best out of them?

Thanks for checking in. xx