All the Art Supplies arrived at Once

Wind Flower Journal Page Watercolour pencils and ink.

Wind Flower Journal Page Watercolour pencils and ink.

I am in the happiest of dilemmas, all my art supplies have arrived at once.  My Caran d’Arche pencils have finally turned up, (the first set never arrived) and I have been waiting for them since Easter!  Then the new watercolour pencils came as well.  I spoilt myself and bought the rest of the Prismacolor, I had the 24 set and I also ordered the Derwent Inktense set of 36.  That makes over 130 new pencils.  Of course they arrived while I was away on holidays, but my very kind sister came to visit and couriered them to me.  Isn’t it nice when your family understands your obsessions. I started playing with the watercolour pencils first and of course did my colour chart.  I was very happy to find that the colours of the two sets did not overlap much.  The Prismacolors are more subtle and paler, while not surprising the Inktense are brighter and darker.  They compliment each other well.

Derwent Inktense Watercolour Pencils 36 set

Derwent Inktense Watercolour Pencils 36 set

I have only just started using the Inktense, but already I have found them not as soft and creamy as the prismacolors and are a little sractchy, but the colours are lovely and I will have to try them on some different paper to really give them a work out.  The paper in my journal is really printing paper and is too soft for drawing on.

Karen Pizza Chef

Karen Pizza Chef

I am staying in a little house in Dean’s Marsh again with a lovely cottage garden and a little wood fired oven.  So to thank my sister for her pencil delivery I fired it up and made my first ever wood fired pizzas.  Here is the chef in action, apart from a little char on the edges they worked very well.  We had a lovely lunch in the garden.

Lynette and Hannah, enjoying pizza

Lynette and Hannah, enjoying pizza

The wind flowers are out one of the few flowers blooming at this time of year, they are so lovely, I did the drawing of one in my journal and my sister took some lovely photos of them. The background of the windflower is done with the inktense pencils while the flower  is with the prismacolors.  You can see how intense the Derwents are, they really do live up to their name. On to the other pencils soon, don’t want to rush the pleasure of playing with my new toys. Karen

20 responses to “All the Art Supplies arrived at Once

  1. I’m a big fan of prismacolor but I prefer the markers.

  2. Love the flower at the top!

  3. Gorgeous! I love my Inktense, and envy your full collection! Good to take photos and scans right away, I remember Roz Stendahl saying the colours faded more quickly than others… personally, I don’t care!

  4. Ohh, so lovely! I really like the flower drawing! And what a treat to have so many art supplies to arrive. Looking forward to more incredible drawings. 😀

  5. One can never have too many pencils, Karen! I look forward to seeing what results your latest additions will bring.

    • I agree totally Richard, so many pretty colours now to choose from. It is amazing how I still blend the colours to get just the right shade, even with this many to choose from. Though I don’t like to use just one colour I like the subtle interplay of many colours blended.

  6. Wonderful. I love getting new supplies. The flower is lovely

  7. It certainly is a nice dilemma! You are very wise to do the colour charts first – I got some Inktense back in January, and the test strips are still on my ‘to-do’ list. The colours are lovely, but I find I can only get very clumsy lines with them. Each kind of pencil has its own character, and you have to experiment to work out how best to use them. Have fun!

  8. What a lovely post. I totally understand the joy of new materials. Beautiful to read whole story and to see what you look like at last. (Can’t really tell what you look like in your hat in the thumbnail pic.) Save some pizza for me.

    • Yes, I realised that I have never posted a picture of myself, so I thought it might be nice. Sorry the pizza has all gone, though I was impressed with the wood fired oven, I think I could be convinced to make one for myself, I can imagine cooking pizzas, sour dough bread and slow cooked lamb in one. It was easier to use then I thought. Karen

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