Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Presents from Porto!

I set myself the challenge throughout August to just use the materials I received in the goody bag from USk Porto symposium as I thought it would be good to try something different. 

In addition to the materials in the bag I also used the bamboo pen and stick given to me by Imna Serrano in her workshop, adding a container of Indian ink. 

My other addition was a stick of glue as I was also inspired by one of the other sketchers, Ana Luisa Frazao, who used collage as part of her urban sketching technique. Luckily for me there was a small water brush and two watercolour ‘dot’ cards included in the bag, so I didn’t have to give up painting completely!

Swatches of the materials at the beginning of the sketchbook

I really like the size of the Leuchtturm1917 sketchbook, A5 opening up to A4. It took pen and pencil line very well. The colour palette of the pens and pencils was mainly blacks, blues and reds so that was a change for me. Unfortunately, the Leuchtturm1917 is not made for watercolour so I struggled a little when trying to paint. Still, I found that the ‘White Nights’ colours had a really nice quality even on a plain paper. Imna had stressed in her workshop to try and keep the joy of using new materials and I tried to keep that in mind not worrying about the end result. Hence the sketchbook is rather a mixture of pieces. My favourites so far are the ‘Zebra’ pen, which felt a little like a small brush pen and is able to give a nice variety of line and the ‘Cretacolor’ Nero Soft black pencil.

All the drawings I made in the post about my trip to Lyon were with the new materials and here are some more pages and details, along with the media used.

The 'Zebra' pen in the Leuchtturm1917
Winsor and Newton Water Colour Markers in the Leuchtturm1917

Winsor and Newton Water Colour Markers plus 'Zebra' pen in the Leuchtturm1917

'White Night' watercolours, applied with Faber Castell brushpen plus 'Zebra pen (on receipt) in the Leuchtturm1917
'White Night' watercolours applied with Faber Castell brushpen in the Leuchtturm1917
'QoR' watercolour by Golden applied by Faber castell brushpen and 'Zebra' pen in the Leuchtturm1917
 A big thank you to all the companies who supplied the items in the goody bag!

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