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Art Supplies

Art Supplies

I have finally received my package of art supplies,  I used a Christmas voucher to buy it but took ages to decide what to buy.  So I thought I would share my little treasure trove of art goodies with you.

Not pictured here but one of my favourite supplies is my Lamy Safari Fountain pen.  I have used it in my latest sketches and I am totally hooked.  Finally a fine inky line and a pen that does not die on my harsher watercolour/printmaking paper that I made my journals out of.  It will also go over coloured pencil, yippee!  I can’t tell you how many fine liner pens I have massacred, they don’t last more than a couple of drawings in my journals and they are killed by all the wax in the coloured pencils.  Plus there are different nibs and a whole world of inks.  The people at Goulet Pens have the best site and great YouTube videos to truly entice you into the world of fountain pens, plus they give you lolly pops in each order!  I am so easily bribed with food.

Colour swatches of Derwenk Gaphitint pencils

Colour swatches of Derwenk Gaphitint pencils

I also bought the new Derwent Graphitint pencils.  They are coloured graphite and although the colour range is a little limited, they have lovely subtle colours and they are water soluble, so work in well with the Derwnet Inktense that I already have.

There is also some more Sennelier water colours to complete my set which I purchased before Christmas.  They have honey in them so a very creamy.  I don’t have much experience with water colours and this is the first set of professional paints I have bought, so not sure how they compare, but I am happy with them. I just need loads more practice to get proficient with them.

I also had to have some  water soluble graphite that Anna Warren has been using (see here), so I bought a couple of sticks and a tin.  I have not played with them yet but am looking forward to trying them out.

Karen

 

Making little Note Books

The set of finished notebooks

The set of finished notebooks

A couple of weekends ago I found enough time and energy to make some little note books that I had been meaning to do for ages.  I wanted to get back into some book binding and to use the paper that a friend had brought back from Sennelier Art shop in Paris for me.

Note Book 1 front

Note Book 1 front

 

The set of finished notebooks

The set of finished notebooks

I had brought some of the same paper on an earlier trip to Paris and hadn’t been able to bring myself to use it, although I would bring it out and admire and pat it on occasion.  With the extra my friend bought and the possibility to get more I thought it was time to get brave and use them.  The idea of using the paper as covers for sketch books seemed a great idea and I was itching to have a go.

Making the Notebooks

Making the Notebooks

These are small (A5) size and I wanted to give them to some friends who would not necessarily use them for sketching but would be writing in them.  With that in mind I used some lighter bleed proof paper.

Note Book 2 front

Note Book 2 front

Note Book 2 inside c

Note Book 2 inside

They have light cardboard covers that I covered with my special paper on the outside and used some photocopies of my drawings on the inside for a pop of colour.  The binding is a simple saddle stitch, it really could not be easier to make a book.  I gave them all different closures to mix things up.

Note Book 4 front

Note Book 4 front

Note Book 4 inside

Note Book 4 inside

So please with my few hours work and happy to have such useful little gifts.

Note Book 3 inside

Note Book 3 inside

The Start of Spring

As promised here is a picture painted with my lovely new brushes and a picture of the brushes.  I thought I would quickly post it now before I head off on holidays and forget.

Spring Magnolia Journal Page Water colour and ink

Spring Magnolia Journal Page Water colour and ink

In Australia we count the seasons a bit differently than other countries, we do it by the calendar not by the equinox.  So for us spring starts on the 1 September and lasts three months until December.  It has certainly been spring this weekend, with the most gloriously warm, still and sunny days, that just make you want to stay outside and soak up all that lovely warmth and sun.  So I wanted to do a spring picture for my Season of Colour Journal and it needed to be fresh and lively like this spring weather.

New paint brushes, ink and water colour journal page

New paint brushes, ink and water-colour journal page

So I went for my latest medium of choice water-colour and my ever so fabulous new Japanese brushes.  These are art works in themselves and a very welcome birthday present from my brother, it is so convenient that he lives near some quality art shops.  I have heard about these lovely brushes which are very fat, but come to the most sublime points.  Mine are Kazan Mahogany mop tops no 6 and no 2.  I was surprised at how big they were but they just glide across the paper.  I tried to work quickly and spontaneously and lay the colour down, then went back over it with a dip pen.  I am tempted to do a little more detail, but keep telling myself to walk away.

So for all of your out there sliding into fall, here is some spring sunshine.

Karen

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

Pencil Case – a fitting home for my new pencils

 

New Pencil Box, Just waiting for more pencils

New Pencil Box, Just waiting for more pencils

 

Here is the new pencil box I made over the Easter break.  As I said in my previous post, I went a little crazy and bought more colour pencils.  I already had the large set of prismacolor pencils and I bought the extra 18 pencils that they brought out a while ago.  Then I went mad and bought the large set of Caran d’Arche Luminance pencils, so I now have to house 214 coloured pencils and I wanted them all in one place.  The only answer is build my own pencil case.

I had been considering my options and had thought of trays of colours in a box, like my tin for the prismacolors, but I found that the trays were messy to spread out.  I wanted to see all my colours in one glorious array.  So I went back to how the old Derwents were packaged in the staggered, folding box.  The prized box of 72 Derwents, my heart desire as a child, I never did get them in one box, I saved my pocket money and bought them one at a time until I had the full set, but never got the box purchasing them that way.  Clearly I am making up for a traumatised childhood!

Stage 1 - Dividers

Stage 1 – Dividers

Stage 2 - Putting the dividers together

Stage 2 – Putting the dividers together

I  needed three boxes though and ended up with the capacity for 240 pencils, enough to allow for extras.  I made them out of four rows of twenty pencils with four compartments of five pencils in each row.  I made the rows and glued them together, each one offset by 4cm.  Four of these made up my three boxes.  I then made an outside box to stick them into and then covered them in bookbinding cloth with side bits that would wrap around each other so the became a box and I could store them and most of all take them with me.  For extra trickiness I cut little hatches in the back where there was a gap so I had a place to keep extras like sharpeners, pencil rubbers etc.

Stage 3 - Dividers into the folding boxes

Stage 3 – Dividers into the folding boxes

I am really happy with the results, it is a bit stiff and doesn’t roll up completely square, but some of this will work out with use as it softens up.  The fact that it stands solidly on its own, means that I have all the colours in front of me which is handy.  I made little colour charts for behind the pencils, as I like them to go back into the same place.

Folded up

Folded up

I am just waiting now for the Luminance pencils to arrive from England and I can complete it.  You may still get an update on it as I haven’t completed the closures and I will need a new colour chart to include the new pencils and perhaps some decoration on the outside.

Time to play some more with the contents.

Karen

New Pencil Box, Just waiting for more pencils

New Pencil Box, Just waiting for more pencils

Easter Drawing (Better late than Never)

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Hope everyone had a happy Easter, I had a lovely one and in fact I am still enjoying my Easter break. We have another public holiday on Friday so I am having the whole week off. Yah, loads of time for art.

In fact I have been playing with my new art supplies, and getting ready for even more! Yes I went a little wild before Easter, feeling a little down so engaged in some retail, art supply therapy, nothing better.

I finally got around to buying the new prismacolor colours, so even more now and then I bought some spray inks to play with. I haven’t got too far with them, I find the spray a bit intimidating, where is the control!! (I really need to loosen up and let go).

But my biggest extravagance was the Caran d’Arche pencils. I have been lusting after these for years and finally found them on a British website for $100s less than I can get them here. (Australia is one of the most expensive counties).

So I now have 214 coloured pencils and they needed a home fit for the lot of them. So I have been making a new pencil box to house them in style and full display all Easter. I will post it later this week, it is still not yet finished.

To keep the journal going I did a quick Easter drawing of eggs, while munching on some of my bounty. I wanted to do so something soft and pretty, that was a mass of colour. I am not usually that good a pretty, but I think these get close.

Karen

New toys for a new medium

Carving the Pardalote

I am have been getting together my tools for my next printmaking course.  This one is more about working in the studio at Australian Print Workshop.  When I complete this course I will be able to go in and use the workshop whenever I want.  It is like getting my studio license.  I will need to have all I need to do the printing so I have been having fun getting new art supplies.  It is a tough job, but someone has to do it.

Carving the Pardalote

Carving the Pardalote

I have bought some beautiful lino/wood carving tools.  I decided to spend a little more and get some decent tools that will hold their edge and feel good.  Then of course I had to buy some sharpening stones to keep the edges sharp.  Still trying to get the knack of a really sharp edge (any suggestions or tool sharpening tips greatly appreciated).

New Carving Tools

New Carving Tools

I decided to redo the bird prints that I did previously on a larger scale with the right colours this time.  So I have wood shavings flying and some sore fingers, but very proud to say no blood as yet.

The bench hook (board that I am carving on) is very special to me, it is my late fathers cedar drawing board which my cousin partner turned into a bench hook as it was no longer smooth enough to use for drawing.  Thanks Chris, it is already in good use.

Having so much fun, there is nothing like a new project.

Karen

PS a special hello to all my friends in Paris at the moment, have fun, relax and partake in all that great cuisine.