Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Silky Sketchbook Joy

Happy New Year everyone.

Lately, I've been enjoying my Stillman & Birn sketchbooks immensely.

My online class "A Taste of Silks" has just begun it's second session through Luminarte, and I've been having so much fun exploring new boundaries with my treasured Silks Acrylic Glaze in my Beta Series sketchbook.

This page uses Silks diluted as watercolor, as well as straight from the pot.

There's been some discussion in my class about how much water to add to Silks to make them more fluid.  I usually start with a small dab of Silks in a palette-well, and then keep adding splashes of water until I get the consistency and color tone I want.  It's usually about 1 part Silks to 5 parts water.

You can also mix some amazing colors using your Silks this way.  Remember to use a piece of scrap paper to test your mixture. 

The Stillman & Birn Beta Series sketchbook is an excellent substrate for playing around with acrylics mixed as watercolor.  It contains delicious, extra heavy weight, watercolor paper that holds many wet washes without buckling or bleeding.

I love how the colors remain vibrant and bright on the beautiful white surface of this book.

 "A Taste of Silks", is now open for registration, and the class materials and forums are available long after the 4-week live class is finished.  It's not too late to register,  click here for more information.

Thanks for checking in. xx