Peony in pencil

If you subscribe to Watercolor Artist magazine, watch for an article I recently wrote about water-soluble pencils in the upcoming December issue. These Caran d’Ache Museum pencils are very creamy and totally water-soluble. As you can see, the colours are more electric than the mixes I usually make in watercolour but they’re perfect for the bright hues of foliage on my dying peony.


12 Comments on “Peony in pencil”

  1. Monique says:

    That’s spot on..


  2. Gorgeous, these pencils are my new favourites, so rich in colour!


  3. Ross says:

    Yes, the colours are certainly intense!
    So what did you think of them for producing your type of paintings? Are you intending to use them again?


    • I used these when I went to the Chihully show. I think that they’re great for travel sketching when you can’t carry much, like into the museum. I brought a few pencils with me along with a Koi waterbrush. It was perfect for the bright colours of the glass and I didn’t get the evil eye from any of the guards for hauling out water and a palette. So I probably wouldn’t use them the same way I used my watercolours but I would certainly carry them when weight or liquids were on issue.


      • Ross says:

        Thanks. Yes, certainly a lot more economical and convenient when traveling.
        But have you found a way to tone the intensity down for working on more typical every-day subjects, when you aren’t looking for such strong colour statements?


      • Yes, you can really tone down the intensity by blending the colours but you’ll have to read the article. I wonder if the magazine is available in Australia. Then you can find out all the secrets of using water-soluble pencils.


  4. sefeniak says:

    Thank you for sharing that information and I will try and track down the magazine too.


  5. Pat says:

    I was so excited to see your name in the index of articles in my Watercolor Artist magazine yesterday! Great article, great info. I would love your work to be featured because it is so much more than the two sketches shown. You are on your way to even greater recognition!


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