Friday, September 14, 2007

Neocolor and Masquepen

I had to take my son into Leeds today so decided to see what was new at the art shop. I found a couple of treasures, some Caran d'Ache Neocolor ll water soluble wax pastels and a Masquepen.

I've been wondering how to do the background on Shred, I was going to use coloured pencil and solvent but would have lost all the fine hairs that I have already drawn. Plus I find it really difficult to put the hair back in, on top of a layer of coloured pencil to which solvent has already been applied.

I have seen the Neocolours used by other Artists and they have created some great effects so I thought I'd give them a try. I only bought three colours, Terracotta, Vandyke Brown and white. I've started to put the background on Shred with Terracotta and I really like how it's working. I'm scribbling the colour on and then using an acrylic flat and water. The wax in the pencil is resisting the wash and my hairs are safe and sound. I can always add some coloured pencilo over the top if I want.


The masquepen is an applicator for applying blue masking fluid. The applicator end has a 0.5mm nib for drawing really fine lines.I'm going to experiment tomorrow and will post the results.

6 comments:

Ranjini Vc said...

I see you have already started using them, this look stunning as usual:)

anon said...

wow your cat is supreme cant wait to see the masque pen experiments have been eyeing these up ever since i saw a teacher using one

Frankye said...

I subscribe to feedblitz and am always excited to see that you have something posted. Your drawings are incredible beyond words. I have always had cats and dogs in my home and your work with cats brings tears to my eves every time. I get a bad case of the "if onlys..." If only I could draw like that, if only I could buy some of her work, if only I could find the words to express how beautiful it is.
Congratulations on your success at the recent shows and a hearty "excellent" on your "spotted" work!

Gayle Mason said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments, I really appreciate them.

Maryalis said...

I went to the art supply store to see if I could get some neocolor. They didn't have them but they did have LYRA AQUACOLOR WATER SOLUBLE CRAYONS. I was wondering if you had ever tried them.

I love your work. It's inspiring. When I get an email, I open it right away as I know it will be a delight. Thanks.

Gayle Mason said...

Maryalis, sorry it has taken me so long to reply. I haven't tried the Lyra crayons but they sound similar.