and having fun.
– Mary Lou Cook
As promised, I keep on writing from here my post about Mondeluz watercolor crayons telling you , but mostly showing you, how I started to use them.
I love the endless possibilities of base coating of these crayons but since, according to me, the funniest part of the color is the surprise of the watercolor pigment moving on paper after each brush, I decided to experiment them in a different way.
Trial after trial, project after project I understood how I like to use them: pure and free,leaving them moving on the paper to create backgrounds in which the color is the main character narrating a brief story, a memory of mine , a moment.
… and so…with few pencils, a brush and some water… I fixed a day at the beach on paper…
In the detail you can see how the colors are mixed, how the wavy affect of the watercolor let me create a unique, and really important for me, background,
how with few instruments I obtained a full and at the same time light base coating.
I like a lot using the crayons in this way . It helps to get my mind free and it let me being concetrated just on the color.
If you want to try it I suggest you to follow few easy steps and then set your creativity free. I am sure you will be reserved tons of appreciated and unexpected surprises.
Tip and tricks :
1- choose a palette with colors which tells your story
2- Use just high quality paper for watercolors ( possibly 120 lb – better 140 lb) and always keep by hand cleaned water to modify the tones of your colored pigment. Limit the area you want to paint using some paper tape.
3- take some color from the crayon using your wet brush Start spreading out the color on the paper with random paint strokes. Strenghten the color adding here and there some pure color and in some areas, just add cleaned water to mute down the color . Remember to work in little areas each time and take care to have the surface wet all the time so you can add new colors that, based on the level of drying, will interage between each other. To allow the pigment to “group” in some areas you can spread some fine salt. Pay attention though, after addin salt on your paper , you won’t be able to work on that area anymore and you will take the salt off, admiring the effect, just when it’s completly dried.
change the rules,
make mistakes but most of all… have fun.
If you have any doubt or you want more info you can leave a comment here. I hope to be able to reply all of your questions and be usefull to you. If you decide to try it you can tag me so I won’t lose anything of your awesome art on paper.