Thursday, June 30, 2011
A Sad Tale of Watercolor Pencils & Frisket
Woe!!! I decided to combine experiments. Always a sure recipe for disaster.
I'd bought some Derwent Metallic Watercolor pencils (I'll be talking about them more in a few days), and some liquid frisket, intending to create some fabulous works with masking effects and shimmering color. Here's your clue for anticipation: I didn't read the warning about frisket and wet paper.
I grabbed my moleskine journal and cleverly drizzled the frisket here and there. I let the frisket dry completely--I'm no fool! Then I laid down some beautiful squirkles of metallic color, and transformed it into a wash using my hand--a sophisticated adult version of finger painting.
At this point, I eagerly began to peel away the frisket.
You've been anticipating this haven't you? Peeling the frisket away from wet paper results in shredded paper. Shredded!
Oh, I did manage to keep from tearing completely through the paper, but it's mighty thin in some places, lol! So, I did one of my trademark saves. The shredded areas had sort of mixed media look (shredded is a media, isn't it?), so I-carefully-added more color with the metallic pencils, and then tangled with my Pentel Pocket brush pen. I'm not displeased.
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