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April 15, 2011

many flowers

I tried sketching on watercolor paper with a General's Sketch & Wash graphite pencil, using this type of pencil for the first time.

Added acrylic paint and immediately found out what the "wash" word means in the title of the pencil. Adding moisture really smeared the sketch. I should have remembered what happened on the sketch when Charlene added her wet nose and tongue when I tried to take a picture of it. This is an excellent example of me learning by doing.

Being determined to finish the Many Flowers, I used markers in various colors to redefine the sketch!

I want to do another sketch that I could color in. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to sketch with if later I want to add paint, charcoal, markers or another medium afterwards?

Have a blossoming day!


Heather Henry said...

Wow, this is really looking beautiful. I love all of the colors you're using.

Have you tried zig pens. They have different size tips and many colors and I believe they're supposed to not bleed.

~Rasz~ said...

Thanks Heather for the suggestion. I have no idea what a zig pen is but I am going out right now to look it up and see where I can get them! I just started drawing/sketching and using markers so this is all new to me.

Misha said...

It came out quite nicely. :-)

I like sketching buildings and people.

Diane said...

Love how it ended up--I have those pencils too, but haven't used them yet. If you want to add something more to this, you could spray a fixative on it before you start again so what you created won't get messed up.

sema said...

Your sketch looks great.looking forward to the next one!

Carole Anne Carr said...

A beautiful blog!

li said...

Love that you stuck with it, and trying markers was a good idea...it actually turned out pretty well! I use a spray fixative anytime I use pencil or charcoal, since I tend to be a messy worker anyway and invariably smear sketches with sweaty fingers, a sleeve, etc.

Kristy said...

I use the graphite pencils in my artwork. I use the graphite as a shader . Meaning I lay down my sketch,add my watercolor and sort of pull the graphite in the direction I want my shadows. You can't really do an all over wash without having it blur like yours did. I have to paint within each of the shapes in my sketch to avoid that problem. Hope that helps some ! Oh and the Zig pens are easy to find at Walmart !! lol !! xxxxx Kristy

~Rasz~ said...

Oh thank you, thank you, thank you! All you comments and suggestions really encourage me. It was important for me to finish the Flowers. I have been too quick to give up in the past, and then never try again. By finishing, I am excited to do another project today!

A spray makes so much sense. The sides of my hands were a mess too. I look forward to using some good markers, the ones I used to finish this last night came from a kid's coloring set. On my wat to Wal-Mart!

Monica said...

I love that you stuck with it and finished the project. Ii really like how it turned out. I just use regular pencils when I sketch and then go back and add my watercolours. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work and remember, as long as you love your work, it doesn't really matter what others think.
Found you from the A-Z Challenge, I’m now following you on GFC and I hope you have a chance to check out my blog!

allison said...

I love the details on the initial sketch (the patience you have for your art!) but I have to say, the smeared version looks good too! You could read into it about beauty/details becoming smudged in the scheme of things... ok I'm rambling. But all of it is so gorgeous!

- allison writes

~Rasz~ said...

Hi Monica! Thanks for stopping by. Your blog is great and full of wonderful, yummy recipes and tips too. Love it!

Hi Allison. I kinda liked the smears too. Nothing in life is perfect and sometimes the smudges and smears are just a reflection of reality...now I think I am rambling! I am sure you get it though.