Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wet Pastel Joy

I love working in water soluble medium, I especially love they way they start dry and can be melted and manipulated with just water and a brush.

Watercolor Pencils are one of my favorites, as many of you know who have taken my class, Watercolor Pencil Workshop.

Another of my favorites in Caran d'Ache Neocolor II, Water Soluble Pastel. I must confess, I have a full set of 126 colors in my studio, and they have that look of being deeply loved (and heavily used).

I'm in the process of writing a brand new online class, due to be released in 2013. It's called Wet Pastel Workshop.  It's part of my "Water Soluble Art" series (information coming soon).

I'm always looking for the perfect substrate to use in my classes, and because I spend a lot of time in a sketchbook, it's there that I build the fundamentals of technique. I recently came across the Stillman & Birn sketchbooks and have been hooked ever since.  They have a beautiful collection of their books, various sizes, various bindings, various weights and colors. They are lovely for so many purposes.

In preparation for my new class, I've been working in the Epsilon Series Sketchbook.  It is absolutely beautiful, and the perfect companion for Neocolor II's, or any other water soluble medium where the wash is light and subtle.

As luck would have it, this week I noticed that  Stillman & Birn are doing a giveaway where they are coupling the Neocolor II's with the Epsilon series sketchbook.

It seems to be the week for giveaways, so get on over to the Stillman &Birn Facebook page and get your entry in.  And while you're at it, don't forget I'm giving away 3 places in my newly released Wisdom Circles workshop.  Click here to enter that one too.

So this iris was inspired by the beautiful art of Fiona Peart, using waters soluble pastel and ink.

And for those of you who are following AEDM, today is Day 15 of Art Every Day Month....don't forget to make art, however humble!

Thanks for checking in. xx