Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Neocolor II

Lily

I love love love playing around with water soluble mediums, they are totally my thing.  Everything I paint is done in some kind of water medium, weather it be paint, pencil, crayon, acrylic, ink, or any number of other options.

Lily

This lily was done using Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Water Soluble Wax Pastel.  Many artists label them them crayons, but crayons are traditionally non-water soluble and much harder.  

I actually asked Caran d'Ache what they call them, and they told me they prefer them to be known as water soluble wax pastels.

Lily

Lily

Whatever you call them, it doesn't matters.  What matters is they are rich, creamy, vibrant, opaque, and extraordinary.  Much loved by illustrators and art journalers.

Lily


Lily

They are vastly misunderstood, but very popular nonetheless.  I know it has taken me years of experimenting and still I am discovering new ways to use them.

Lily

They are hard to write over, so I often give them a quick squirt of workable fixative before I try.  Have you tried them?  How do you use them?  What tips do you have for us?

Thanks for checking in xx