Anyways, I was able to find several "souvenirs" to play and review in my sketchbook. . .
First up - Derwent ArtBar watercolor crayons
I bought Baby Blue (A29), Gooseberry (A13) and Cool Gray (A45)
A bit disappointed in the Gooseberry, I thought it would be more vibrant like the Baby Blue and Cool Gray, which I just loved.
It also was more fragile, breaking apart into three pieces. Due to the color? I didn't drop it and it didn't feel broken when I selected it.
|Three times a crayon...?!|
All colors blended beautifully when used with a wet brush. I also liked the effect directly adding color into wet paper. A brush would further dissolve the pigment, but I thought it looked neat.
The triangle shape with three flat sides and three points was also versatile in laying swaths of color and fine sketching detail. I am a little unsure of its physical strength with the Gooseberry literally falling apart as I held and used it.
I thought these blended better than the Caran d'Ache watercolor crayons I've previously tried. Art Supply on Main sells these individually, not as a set. Pick up a few and try them out.
The blue and the gray will be popped into my mobile sketch bag kit. Color me impressed with those colors.
|Neocolor II Water-soluble Metallic Rose|
Someone gave me very good advice when presented with a wide variety of colors - choose what your eye goes to first, or go with primary colors to mix. This pretty purple pink caught my eye immediately. And metallic, how fun would that be to play with?
Turns out a wise choice on two parts. The crayon easily put down a generous amount of color and you can see a definite metallic sheen (hard to capture in the photograph)
It dissolved and blended well from dry paper to wet paper.
I'm thinking of picking up a few more of these in different colors for accents and special effects, particularly on toned paper. The metallic shimmer is subtle, not gaudy.
Art Supply sells these individually also - grab a handful of the ones which appeal to you.
|Thank you Pinterest! (Enabler)|
I saw this Daniel Smith color on Pinterest, Duochrome Green Pearl - painted over white and black paper - gorgeous!! Art Supply had it.
|How beautiful is this?!|
|Like Tailor's Chalk for artists only in graphite!|
(And a yummy chocolate color!)
|This was all one swipe from the tin!|