Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Beginner Artists: 3 Little Paintings I Made Using Water Soluble Crayons

Artists and Crafters, have you ever used Neocolor II Swiss made water soluble crayons? Have you used them in your artwork or multi-media projects? What do you think about them?
I thought I'd experiment with a set I had found in my supplies the other day. 
They are suitable for numerous techniques on a wide range of materials. You can purchase them individually or in sets. 

 See on Amazon: Caran-dAche-Classic-Neocolor-Water-Soluble Crayons

I will say they are richly pigmented, that was a plus for me.
They can be a little messy though by getting all over your fingers once they are dipped in water, but that's the creative part of making art, right? 

First, I applied acrylic paint on paper, then after allowing the paint to dry, I layered with the crayons. I drew right on top of the acrylic paint.  No problems there, moved with ease and you can smooth out lines if you like. They do have a texture similar to regular crayola crayons, but not as waxy.

I liked the crayon look that it gives the painting, a graphic style that tends to be more edgy. You can paint with them by adding water and using a brush, however, I wasn't too crazy using them that way. Perhaps, if you are a watercolor painter, you could appreciate them in that manner. But my favorite way of using the crayons was simply drawing with them. You can add water and blend out your lines. Still my favorite approach was drawing onto the acrylics with free flowing lines and/or circles. I would recommend having a small set of water soluble crayons to add a different element to your art. I would use them again, maybe not often, but worth having on hand. Also, these work great for kids.

I thought these little paintings came out pretty cool.

Take a look at these and tell me what do you think?

Medium: Acrylics and Water Soluble Crayons on Vellum Paper.
Size: 4" x 9" 

 Title: Hedged In
Medium: Acrylics and Water Soluble Crayons
Size: 6" x 3"
Medium: Acrylic and Water Soluble Crayons
Size: 4" x 4" 

I'd love to hear your comments on these little experiments or the Neocolor II crayons. What do you use?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Starting A New Art Project: My Morning Creative Meditation Exercise

I've seen it many times, artists that paint a painting a day, or paint a certain amount of paintings within a month or a year and I think to myself, I don't think I could commit to doing that. However, I felt I needed to do something fast, creative and different than setting out to do usual larger paintings. So, I've started my own art project, "My Morning Creative Meditation Exercise".

The purpose of this daily exercise is to just move the medium in any fashion, shape or form. No agenda, no correcting, no critical thinking, or I'll fix that later. Why? To set up an environment for more creativity and see what happens in my brain. This art project is not about making beautiful or interesting paintings, but to get into the movement of creating art in free flowing way as possible. And, what will be my personal experience doing art this way first thing in the morning?

I will record my paintings each day if possible and share my personal experiences with each painting. I hope you would like to follow along this creative process of mine. Remember, this isn't about making stunning art, it's about the process. It's just an experiment, so I'm not taking myself that seriously. This is for fun and experimental purposes.

And if you have a similar creative experiment, please share. 

Here is my painting of Day 1 of my Morning Creative Meditation Exercise.

Day 1
 Title: Out of the Maze
Size: 9" x 12" 
Medium: Acrylic and ink on vellum paper
Read about my personal experiences on Instagram!

Day 2
Size: Unsure, 7" x 4", scrap of paper
Medium: Acrylic and ink on paper
Details on Instagram!

Day 3
Title: Connections
 Size: 4" x 7" 
Medium: Acrylic and ink on paper
More details on Instagram!

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