New Pencils

I’ve had really little time for art these past 3-4 days. I started several things, but did not finish any yet, so I have nothing to show you. Except… My new colored pencils arrived yesterday and I am super excited about them. I had just little time to try them in my play journal – started a face, very quick one, but I can tell you that even on this crappy paper the pencils behave like nothing I’ve seen until now. And I do have Faber-Castell Polychromos, which are professional pencils and very good of course, so I know what I am talking about. I am not saying Polychromos are bad, they are just different, so the comparison is not completely fair. I think that the two could work wonders in combination. I have to try.

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So, Caran d’Ache Luminance 6901… They are wax based, same as Prismacolor, just much more expensive but, I think, worth the price, judging from the first 20 minutes I used them. I cannot compare them to Prismacolors, because I have never used those. I have heard many times that people are unhappy with Prismacolors being very prone to breaking, so I did not even want to try my luck with them. These are not supposed to be breaking, according to the reviews I read. I haven’t tried sharpening them yet, so I cannot say, but will let you know.

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What I can say is that they are super soft and creamy and that they blend miraculously well even on this paper which is not meant for drawing at all. They cover the surface very quickly and with bright colors, and seem to last very long – after what I did, they seem hardly used at all. I kind of expected that they would be shrinking very fast judging from the amount of pigment they leave on paper. And there are so many colors (76) that I am positively overwhelmed. I hope that I will have some more time tomorrow morning to explore….

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Creative Chaos

Today I am sharing something rather unusual for me… I mean, no, it’s not the mess that is unusual, it’s just that I don’t share my mess all that often 🙂 Somehow today I was not in any deep thinking mood and don’t have a finished piece of work to show off, so I thought, why not share this:

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So… I have many things in progress. The black page with white handwriting is part of a lesson for Life Book 2016. That one is  finished, I am just working on the second part which comes on top and it’s there in the far right upper corner. Next to it is this weeks lesson from Life Book 2016. Obviously I am a bit behind, somehow couldn’t make myself start the lesson in time last week, so I started both at the same time this week…

In the middle, there is my art journal with the current double spread ornamental doodles. I will be finishing that one tomorrow morning. Here in the lower left corner is my hand-made Food Mood and Exercise journal (I am trying to lose weight and it helps writing it all down, at least for me if I have to document it I think twice before putting it in my mouth…). Next to it on the big pile from bottom to top are: my company laptop, something on top of it, I do not know what, and on top of that my private laptop, on top of my private laptop is my little everyday planner, on top of the planner is my transparent travelling bag with art supplies, and on top of the bag is another hand-made journal where I stick some scraps I collect from mail I receive (or some papers on which I try something and then it’s too pretty to trash), and where I write my morning musings and doodle carelessly… Quite an impressive pile of stuff that is…

There you go… You got some insight into my morning routine. I clean it up every morning when I finish with my arting time, but next morning it’s again the same… It works for me…

Have nice Tuesday you all…!