She Thinks Positive Journal: 44/120

Art Journal, Colored Pencils, Faces, Mixed Media, She thinks positive journal, Watercolor

As I said, this week it’s using the new watercolors. This is the second girl done entirely with them:

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Not my best work, but I very much like this yellow (called ‘golden’ which is not really gold just hansa yellow mixed with orange) and red (madder lake, which is not really madder, but alizarine). Anyway, I think they mix beautifully and give such awesome autumnal impression to her hair.

This week’s Life Book lesson has the similar color scheme. I plan to do it next week.

New Watercolors

Art Journal, Art Supplies, She thinks positive journal, Watercolor

Yesterday we went to the local mall because the weather was too bad to go out, we had coffee and a walk around and, of course, we visited the art shop. They had one new interesting thing: White Nights watercolors. They are Russian and therefore cheaper than other fine watercolor brands. I bought a 24 pan box.

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Last night I made some swatches:

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They are very pigmented, except the browns, which are a bit pale. They mix nicely too, mixes of green and blue being my favorite, of course. The only thing I really do not like is that they did not come in a plastic or metal box, but in the cardboard with plastic insert, so even though I can cover them now, the paper will eventually tear, leaving them with no protection. I do have a big metal box I use for my other ‘orphan’ pans, so I will need to attach a magnet on the bottom of the pans and put them there. Not a big deal, but still…

This morning I painted a new girl in She Thinks Positive Journal. It was done entirely with these paints:

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I find them very staining, opaque, and hard to lift, so they are a bit unforgiving. They will require some getting used to, but I think it will be worth it because I really like the vibrancy. I will try diluting them more, which will require use of a separate palette, due to afore mentioned cardboard packaging. I have yet to try them on real watercolor paper. This in my journal is just sketching paper with a layer of gesso, not really the ‘right’ surface for wet media.

Today I am traveling and will take them with me to use next week. Let’s see what happens.