Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Stones and Wood in Enchanted Forest - Episode 32 - Finished!



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After 32 episodes, I finally finished this beautiful drawing from Johanna Basford's Enchanted Forest!

The first episode was uploaded in April 2016. So it took me more than 2 years to finish this project.
I used many different pencils brands and together they gave this wonderful result.
Projects like these give me the opportunity to use all my pencil brands and learn about their characteristics.

Faber Castell Polychromos

My Faber Castell Polychromos pencils did a great job. I love how they layer and I also love their subtle nature. They are a little translucent which make them perfect for sublte layering.
I also pick these pencils when nieces or nephews want to colour along. Polychromos pencils are so sturdy, they won't break, so I trust them in the hands of a toddler!
I also used my Bruynzeel Design pencils for layering. These pencils, although wax based, feel very similar to the oil based Polychromos pencils. At least, for me they feel quite similar. 


     


Sometimes however, a more bold pencil turned out to work better. For colouring the darkest shadows I turned to other pencil brands like Caran d'Ache Pablo, Caran d'Ache Luminance, Prismacolor Premier and Derwent Procolour.
I also used these other pencils brands when I wanted to make stronger accents.

I also discovered that harder pencils like Derwent Procolour and Tombow Irojiten do a great job when you want detail and subtle layering.

And there is this other thing about harder pencils that I'll try to explain:
Soft pencils give a lot of colour, but they also seem to give a lot of waxiness/greasiness. When I combine them with a harder, dryer pencil like Irojiten or Procolour, it seems like the harder/dryer pencils are absorbing the grease/wax...sounds strange, right? But I love combining softer pencils with these harder ones.
The harder pencils also pull everything together in a very sublte way. I love that too.



People often ask me if I can give them advice about which pencils they should buy.
Because all these beautiful pencil brands have their own characteristics it is very hard to give the right advice.
The best thing you can do is treat yourself on a trip to an art supplies store where you can try different pencils brands.

I put all 32 episodes of Stones and Wood in Enchanted Forest in a playlist. You can watch all episodes here:




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Monday, 30 October 2017

Colour Along Project for Coloured Pencil




In Spring 2017 the Colour Along Instruction Project for Coloured Pencil was launched.
I made this online colouring course because many people were asking me about the colouring techniques, shading, blending, layering, colour choice, and a lot more!
In this colouring course I show you everything, even the mistakes that I make and how I fix them!

You can purchase the Colour Along Project in my Etsy Shop!

In these two short video clips you can get an idea of what the colouring course offers. Of course in the instruction videos there will be no music but me explaining the colouring process!





With this Colouring Course you will learn the following:
-Layering and blending with coloured pencils
-Shading techniques
-Using reference photos,
-Using real things like leaves, flowers, chestnuts, as a reference
-Choosing your colour scheme
-Using erasers in a different way
-Combining different pencil brands


Before and After. You will receive 12 ink drawings printed on 300 grams paper.

This package has 12 drawings, 1 for every month of the year.
At least 4 instructional videos for every drawing. There are already over 50 videos in total, and more videos will be added to this colouring course, as students can ask for help while enjoying this colouring course.

The videos are exclusively available online for people who buy this package of 12 drawings. The videos will be online forever and you can watch them whenever you want!

List of drawings and information about instructional videos:

1. Spring Flowers - 5 instructional videos, in total 3h58m of video
2. Pot of Flowers - 4 instructional videos, 3h5m
3. Cherry Blossoms - 4 videos, 1h47m
4. Birdhouse - 4 videos, 1h54min
5. The Door - 5 videos,4h34m
6. Roses - 4 videos, 3h6min
7. Fruits - 6 videos, 5h4m
8. A Red Squirrel - 5 videos, 4h21m
9. Autumn Treasures - 4 videos (not all of them are online yet)
10. Autumn Leaves - 4 videos, 3h16m
11. Birdhouse with snow - 4 videos (not all of them are online yet
12. Toadstools - 5 videos, 3h8m


Twelve drawings, one for each month of the year




The drawings are printed on 300 grams 100% recycled paper. Size 21x21 cm, that is 8.2x8.2 inches.

The drawings come in a cardboard box. You will also receive instruction on how to get access to the online tutorial videos.

You will be notified once your package is being sent to you.

This Colouring Course is an individual course, but you can join our special group on Facebook. Access to this group will be given to you after purchasing the Colour Along Instruction Project.

You can purchase the Colour Along Project in my Etsy Shop! ENJOY!








Thursday, 28 September 2017

Ivy and the Inky butterfly and Staedtler Ergosoft pencils - A First Impr...



A couple of days ago a package came in the mail with Johanna Basford's latest book:
Ivy and the Inky Butterfly.
Johanna was so generous to also send me a tin of 24 Staedtler Ergosoft pencils!

Ivy and the Inky Butterfly is not just a colouring book, it has a story in it. So it is a great book to read and colour together with your children!

In this first video I show you the inside of the book, and I explore the Staedtler Ergosoft pencils.




The quality of the book is very good, but take some time to firmly open the book to make the pages fall down flat.
I received the US printed book, published by Penguin.


     


At first glance, the Staedtler Ergosoft pencils seem to be of very good quality, but I will need more time to try them before I can make a review.
For more information about the pencils, click HERE.














Johanna Basford sent me a set of 24 Staedtler Ergosoft pencils! They came together with her latest book, Ivy and the Inky Butterlfy.
At first glance, the Staedtler Ergosoft pencils seem to be of good quality.
They are triangular, which make them unique. They also have a soft coating, which prevent your fingers from slipping.
My first impression is that these pencils were initially designed for children and usage in class rooms. However, they can be of great value to adults as well.
Ergosoft pencils are less expensive than the 'professional' pencils, such as Faber Castell Polychromos, Derwent Coloursoft and Procolour, Caran d'Ache Luminance and Pablo, etc.
I don't think the Ergosoft pencils can compete with the professional brands, though. But time will tell because I need a need more time to test them.




     

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Sennelier Professional Watercolour Paint


A couple of months ago I had the opportunity of buying a 12 pan set of professional watercolour paint by Sennelier.
I bought 7 extra pans and put them in the travel tin.

Sennelier paint is not available everywhere in The Netherlands, so I ordered it on Amazon.com.
This is my first set of professional watercolour paint, so I can only tell you that these paints are doing what I expected them to do.
They are particularly suitable for glazing, I have read, and so far this seems to be true.
I am really enjoying them!






I took Sennelier with me on vacation in Switzerland and painted for hours on our balcony with this spectacular view!


Compaired to my Winsor&Newton Cotman watercolour set (a student grade watercolour) the professional Sennelier performs a lot better. Professional watercolour paint has a lot more pigment in it and is a lot stronger.

I am glad I took the plunge and bought a professional set.
In time I will buy other professional brands so I can do a comparison.



     


Monday, 7 August 2017

Derwent Inktense Pencils


I recently received a set of 24 Derwent Inktense Pencils.
After getting to know them a little bit I more and more start to love these ink pencils.

Derwent Inktense at first sight seems to be a watercolour pencil, but this is not the case.
Inktense has ink in it. You can handle it just like a watercolour pencil, but after the colours have dried, the colours become permanent.
With watercolour pencils you can move the paint around after you put water on it for a second or third time, but with Inktense this works only a little bit.



Inktense is also available as Inktense Blocks. These look a little bit like blocks of soft pastels, but they are the same as the pencils.

So far I really enjoy these pencils and will certainly use them a lot in the future!