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.
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.
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.
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