Messy, Loose Bluebells

Sketchy Bluebells (Watercolour Crayon)

Sketchy Bluebells (Watercolour Crayon)

 
I received some Pentel waterbrushes a couple of weeks ago and decided to try them out tonight (boo! to another birthday, but thank you Mum & Dad for the prezzie 🙂 ) . The Bluebells in the front garden came under attack again, and this time they get to be displayed for you. It was a totally experimental play, just a small sketchpad and a couple of watercolour crayons, plus the new brushes which hold water in the barrel. They’ll be really useful for travelling I think, when I can get the hang of them!

I tried a couple of techniques: drawing with the crayons and then wetting the paper with the brushes, touching the wet brush to the crayon to lift paint from it and then painting normally, using the crayon on still wet parts of the paper… there were some very interesting effects.

So far I’m not fully sold on the result, but it was quite difficult to judge how much pigment you were going to pick up, or how much water, so I do think it deserves more time and practise to see where it might lead.