Part Two: Observation in nature: Project Exploring coloured media

Exercise: Exploring coloured media

Here I have explored the uses of soft pastels, coloured chalks and  coloured inks.  I have used different implements to apply ink and to explore the ways it can be used.  

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Above I have used pencil crayons, and combined acrylic inks with oil pastels, water and pencil crayons to see the variety of effects it is possible to create.Photo7428


Above I have explored a range of media and marks to create blending of two colours.  I think hatching and stippling are good for blending colours.  Pencil crayons are good for blending, and so are inks.  I think that soft pastels would lend themselves to blending.  I think I will explore this and practice further in future.  

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Exercise: Exploring coloured media.

– Which of the media have you experimented with did you find most expressive?  Make notes in your learning log on the pros and cons of each medium.  

I think oil pastels and soft pastels are the most dramatically expressive, because they make very bold marks.  Pencil is also expressive if you scribble intensely.  It depends on what you want to express as to how effective the medium is.


Pros for pastels:

They layer well, they have strong, striking colours.

You can add washes over oil pastels or use  thick paint over them and scrape away, removing paint in fine lines or large areas with different tools.  

You can blend soft pastels by smudging, you can use the point or the length of pastels.  

You can create different varieties of solid and broken areas of colour.

Cons for pastels:

Pastel lines are often ragged.

They are not suitable for describing detail on a small scale.

They smudge easily.

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Pros for coloured pencils:

You can use them to make fine lines.

You can press hard to create dark lines or work gently to draw feint lines.

They are suitable for hatching, stippling and fine details.

You can use them for scribbling or creating a solid area of colour.

Cons for coloured pencils:

They do not always blend with water.

They can be very feint and difficult to see.

Some colours don’t make noticeable marks.

They may not be suitable for large scale drawings, because they make fine lines.

They take a long time if you want to fill a large space with solid colour.


Pros for coloured inks:

You can make a range of marks with ink with different tools like brushes, sticks and pens.

You can dilute the colour to create different shades and washes.

They layer effectively.

You can make fine lines, broad lines, stipples and dots.

You can draw on top of oil pastels and coloured pencils.

You can remove wet ink with cloth or tissue, and create textures and effects.

Cons for coloured inks:

You cannot erase them once they are dry.

They are unpredictable: they bleed, separate, spill, drip and don’t always resist on wax resist drawings.


Pros for coloured chalks:

They are excellent for blending.

They work well on dark grounds.

They are good for making highlights in a drawing.

They can be used at the point or the length, to make fine or broad marks.

Cons of coloured chalks:

You can only get pale colours.

They are not effective on white paper.

They make dust and smudge frequently.

They require fixatives.

They make frayed lines.

– Which medium do you think lends itself to very detailed work? 

I think coloured inks are best for very detailed drawing, if you use a pen with a nib.  This is good for hatching, cross – hatching, stippling and making lines.


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