Sunday, June 26, 2011

Day Lily on Dura-Lar

I'd never tried using CP on Dura-Lar film. Used it today when my I wanted to capture some of the summer beauty outside. The film is fantastic... it's FAST, smooth, takes about 5 or 6 layers... and you can use the reverse side as well! I colored with purple on the reverse side to create some shadowed areas; with red behind the leaf to create darkness.

Benefits? Work is FAST. You can erase mistakes. You can draw in a sketchbook and then trace your work... and you're ready to go. I used Prismacolor, Polychromos, and Lyra pencils on it... no problem

The only drawback I can see is that every mark shows. I'll have to work more carefully next time, using better strokes. Next step... Yupo paper. Wheee!

Members Show @ Ann Kullberg's site

I was happy to just make the deadline for Ann Kullberg's annual Members Show. Each member was allowed one entry only. I submitted "Shadow Play", which is based on a photo I took a couple of summers ago. Like anyone who does photography, I love shadows and what they say about the light that causes them.

I'd love to hear your comments on this. Enjoy the show -- there are some STUNNING works there!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Now what do I do with all the empty tins and boxes?

Forget my last post. I had a brainstorm today and just whipped up the perfect organizer for my colored pencils. The organizer has 18 sections and the colors are (L-R, back to front):
  • pale colors; pinks; purples; neutrals (greens and yellows)
  • yellows and oranges; reds; blues (dark); blues (light); greys (French, other); neutrals (browns and reds)
  • greens (dark); greens (light); blacks, whites, metallics; greys (warm); greys (cool)

 Was this ever easy to make! I used the cover of a standard box of photocopy paper as the container; the measurements are 18"x11.5". Found a large piece of cardboard that had probably come with a shipment of watercolor paper ages ago. Cut two strips 18"x3.5" and five strips 11.5"x3.5". It was a simple matter to snip teeny pieces out of each strip and then put them together, and voilĂ ! Instant organizer. I love it!

It's portable, not heavy at all, and can go everywhere with me. Would you believe that it currently holds 324 colored pencils? Yup: 132 Prismacolors, 120 Faber-Castell Polychromos, and 72 Derwent Coloursoft pencils. I can quickly find the right color group and then it's easy to compare the pencils with each other to figure out which ones I need.

I will probably end up dividing the yellows and oranges into two groups, but that's a project for another day, along with strengthening the sides of the container so that they don't bow out quite as much.

Color me happy!