Second post for today..for my Crafter's Companion post click here
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been working on this piece of mixed media over the last couple of days and it's finally ready to share!
Colored pencil has always been a medium that has been a bit out of reach for me. I enjoy working with it and doing smaller pieces of art, but the larger ones that I see at juried art exhibitions by artists who do photo realistic paintings make my jaw drop!
So a couple of months back, I started to use my pencils more often only to realize how painstakingly slow the process was and how much patience and time was required to achieve what I was aiming for-realism. So I shifted focus to first learning how to use the pencils correctly and noted that Bristol was the choice of paper most colored pencil artists use and I was using watercolor paper and that was the reason it was taking me so long to fill a small area with color.
But since I like some tooth to my paper and cannot think beyond watercolor paper, especially since I love to watercolor the background, I decided to first apply a light wash of watercolor which would give me a base of color and then go over it with colored pencils. That did the trick..now it started to move quickly since I was not going over the same areas again and again to fill color.
Framed- Cherries and Lemons- 9x12
140#watercolor paper-mixed media-watercolors and colored pencils
This still life is completely from imagination except for the glass vase which I have at home. The lemons and cherries were done with a watercolor wash and pencils while the background is totally watercolor.
To achieve that bokeh effect, I using making fluid and a bottle cap for the shape.
I have used a blender pencil for blending and not Gamsol/blending solution.
a long picture heavy post..but I truly enjoyed working on this piece, hope you liked it too!
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