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More Art Supplies

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

 

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