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Happy little frog

Recently I thought to myself, “Self, it’s been a long time since you did any drawing with colored pencils.” I have a set of Prismacolor watercolor pencils that I’m pretty sure I hadn’t used before, so I dug them out and experimented them on Yupo. Since Yupo is non-porous paper, it felt weird to color with pencils on something slick. The hues from the pencils were pretty subdued. I did like adding water with a brush to the areas I’d colored with pencils but wondered if there was any way to get a bit more “punch”. (Note: I learned that on Yupo, the Prismacolor blender did not blend colors – it erased them. And once they were erased, when I tried to color back over that area with pencil, it didn’t work!)

My research led me to find Inktense colored pencils by Derwent, which were noted as being “as versatile as watercolor pencils, but with a firmer texture that allows them to perform with the brilliant intensity of traditional pen-and-ink.” I ordered some online and again tested on Yupo. I did find that the colors were a bit more vibrant, but it was still odd using pencils on slick paper.

When I added water with a brush to blend colors, I was pleased to find that the vibrancy wasn’t washed out. I was even more happy when I discovered while working on a mixed media piece that I could use the Inktense pencils on top of dried alcohol inks on Yupo. I’m using this combination in a new series of mixed media portraits that I’ll post about soon.

Back in the art supply arsenal, I located some Strathmore Mixed Media paper and put the Inktense pencils to work on paper for which they’re likely more intended, and this happy little frog was the result.

I can’t wait to do more work with the Inktense pencils, and I’m also adding Inktense blocks to the supply cabinet this weekend! I’ll update on those once I’m able to give them a whirl.

Now I’m having a laugh at “supply cabinet” – as if I have one neatly organized cabinet. I have several of those (definitely unorganized), plus a wall of shelves, a storage room full of stuff, stacks of boxes and bins and tubs, in almost every room of the house. The first step is admitting you have a problem.

Frog drawing by Monica Moody - Inktense colored pencil on mixed media paper


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