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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.
Since I was little, I was fascinated by those big boxes of colorful pencils with all the crayons ordered by colors and I really would had liked to have one just for me. Unfortunately they were really expensive and so my parents substituted them with a little and super cheap box with 12 crayons in it.
My desire for having a giant box of colorful crayons always stayed in my heart though. Growing up I got closer or maybe I never got distance from the color that, according to me, it’s one of the most expressive type of art. Acrylic colors, water colors (my biggest passion), inks, but also natural colors, crayons, oil pastels , color pencils, markers… the color in any style to represent and extern emotions and feelings.
Imagine the joy when the courier knocked at my door and left a package. As soon as I opened it my child desire came true: a giant box of colorful pencils. Not standard ones but water soluble ones from Mondeluz : those that become stains of colors dropping some water on the pencils, those that can be used in different ways, those that… you wouldn’t stop coloring with just because they surprise you step by step.
Koh-I-Noor Italy kindly honored me, since I am a member of their design team, with a sensational box of watersoluble crayons and, without knowing it, they granted one of my dream since I was a child, the one that probably kept me so close to this world of colors. Thanks so much Koh-I-Noor Italy.
Of course the amazement left its spot to the creativity that I had to use to understand how these “sticks with hexagonal shape” could integrate with my way of coloring and painting.
and so… I started from the beginning.
According to me art is Change the rules but… first
you need to get to know them so day by day I started using these crayons in different way to understand their correct use in a drawing to be able to…. alter it later.
First of all, the most important thing to get to know them is to try to understand the gradation of color and shades that every crayons has according to its pigmentation.
I created a mini color schedule for every single crayon. The writing of every single color pencil allowed me to see the effectiv color of the crayon on the paper, how it changes when you watercolor it and above all to have a complete visual of all the color gradations that I could create.
So the choice of the colors is easier and so the combination of different crayons.
Then I did more.
I tried different way to use them effectively to create backgrounds, color areas and shade them but… since the post really long already, we can talk about it later.
Meanwhile if you are willing to try them and start the same way I did, I suggest you create a grill then color it filling every space with a single crayon. Fill just the part of the space with the pure color and then, watercoloring, shading it towards the area left white, so you can have for each color area the effective gradation of every single crayon.
Complete writing the code of the crayon you used next to the colored area. If you have any doubts or you want some other info hit me up!
I will be so happy to share with you everything I learnt using these awesome watercolor crayons.
Nature has always been my inspiration and moss is the most charming part of it. Its green tones, its softness, its weakness and strongness enchants me.
This is why I choose moss to get some special place cards ready for a very delicate and unique spring table.
This “green” place card egg is my DIY project for the online magazine IfoodStyle and i’m more than honoured to gift it you all.
Please grab you coffee and give a look. You’ll find inspiratin images, incredible healthy and great recipes to make you meal a special event.
This is a special gift for you.
“Feet what do I need you for
when I have wings to fly ?”
What about decorating the cover page of your notebook, sketch book or planner?
Your own colors, your strokes, your design and, above all, YOURSELF together with your emotions painted on the cover page of your book.
Today I’d love to tell you about this new workshop I’ll be teaching in Cantù (by Color and Craft – Italy ) 11th March 2017 sharing with you how a mixed media project reaches me . This technique makes me feel free and happy. The best part of it is to see how the picture arrives on its own, how colours harmonize, you can have fun and open your mind to new possibilities.
You will choose your colors, the ones which inspire you the most and without thinking about it to much you will start your trip into art.
Nothing more …just feel the colours and your inside muse will do the rest.
All you need is to be fearless :
spread colors, dare, have a try,laugh , no rules just fun!
This is how I live my mixed media and this is what I’d love to share with you…
in a morning
leaving the daily routine on a side,
just spreading colour,
having fun and take time just for you, your muse and your emotions.
Once we have painted the cover, I’d show you how to make it handy to keep any sketch of yours, any idea you want to have in a safe place, any moodboard you can store with you.
You can keep anything your muse suggests you . It will be your secret place to store your dreams.
What do you think about it?
Really hope you love the idea.
I’m waiting for you there, for a very joyful and special moment.
Hope to spread art with you all.
You can get any info by contacting the shop Color and Craft