Tuesday, January 19, 2010


HERE'S a neat-o technique that produces an interesting line quality.

I drew the dog using a rolling writer or other hard pen and pressed hard to indent the line into the paper surface. Then I rub oil pastel all over the paper. An application of watercolor to the line sinks into the drawing groove and away from the oily paper surface.

How to make the watercolor  lettering stay put: use water-based crayon OVER the oil crayon when you need a more accepting surface. You can also use a utility knife or razor to scratch lines in to the oil pastel. These new lines will hang on to a little watercolor; think cross-hatching techniques or very fine detail.

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