NeoColor II

One of my favorite products to use are the NeoColor II Artist Crayons by Caran d'Ache. They have a very high pigment and can be used on so many of my mixed media projects. They can be bought in sets of sets of 10, 15, 30, 40 or 84. You can also buy just one at a time, which is perfect when you find you use up your favorite colors.

I use them on almost all of my art projects. I find the ease of use and the wide variety of colors often works better for me than using one of my regular watercolor sets. Plus they are perfect to use when you want to carry them with you, just grab a few colors, put them in a little bag with an aqua brush and your ready to go.

There are various ways that I apply the color to my projects, so I thought I would share those with you. Most times I apply them with an aqua brush, which is basically a brush with a barrel that holds water, but I also use them with my regular water color brushes also.

The way I apply them when I want less pigment, or I am working on smaller areas where I don't need a lot of pigment, is to scribble the color onto another piece of paper and then use the wet brush to pull some color off the paper. I enjoy the control I get when doing it this way, unfortunately you do waste some of the color this way.

Another way I use mine is to color with them right onto the project I am working on and then use a wet brush to dissolve the crayon marks. I personally don't use this method often as I have found I have less control this way. Also it can sometimes leave traces of hard lines on the paper or doesn't smooth out as well as I would like.

 My favorite way to use them is to pull the color right off of the crayon itself using a wet brush. This is great for projects that are larger and you need more pigment to spread around or if you want it to be bolder in color. It does tend to make your crayons odd in shape but that doesn't bother me since I get the results I want.

A little tip when using them right off the crayon, you may need to scrape a bit of the top layer off to get to the full pigment. The outer layer seems to be a bit more waxy and often doesn't pull the color unless you do that. You don't need to scrape too much though just a very thin layer.

You can also just use them as you would a crayon or regular pastel without using water at all. This is nice when you want a bit of texture from a rougher type of paper or if you want a pastel look and they blend very easy this way also. You can blend them with your finger or with a blending stub. I personally do not use them in this way, but have seen some wonderful pieces by other artist's done in this manner.

You can find these in a wide variety of places, just type the name into Google and you will find them easily. I hope you found some helpful tips and will try this great product.

Hugs & Love from Ranae'

Art Journal Stalemate

Art Journaling has become very trendy over the past few years. I myself have started quite a few, but I always seem to get to a point where I stopped. This bothered me for quite a while as it seems as if I could never get more than just a couple of journal pages before I became bored with it. Until now…

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You probably recognize this lil gal from my post on Emotions & Art

After pondering why, I could never seem to really get enthusiastic about art journaling, I finally realized that it was because I am the type who tends to advance quicker and more fluidly when my process has some type of organized thought process behind it.  So I began my own “Girls” Art Journal.

 

Since beginning this journal on the 10th of June, it seems ideas for new pages are coming to me consistently and I am having such a great time filling my pages.

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This is also a wonderful place for me to test out new color schemes, new products, new theme ideas etc… For example, with the Fall Girl above I wanted to try out a darker skin tone than I typically use. By testing it in my journal, it took the pressure off and allowed me just to be free to experiment.

My next page spread I wanted to see how I would like using colored pencil for part and then watercolor paints for other parts. Just me testing a different way to come up with skin tone and textures, so my Mermaid Girl was created.

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My latest girl, the Naturalist Girl, was a mixture of watercolor crayons, paints, acrylic marker pens and colored pencils. My focus on her was to make her more whimsical.

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Now that I finally figured out why the journals were so hard for me to stick with my mind is jumping ahead to other theme type journals I could do. It feels so nice when you finally figure out what it was that had you at a standstill.

 

How about you? How do you motivate yourself to work in your art journal(s)? Do you use prompts? Do you do theme’s? Maybe you prefer having one journal for everything? What motivates you to keep filling up your pages? I would love to hear from you.

 

Hugs & Love – Ranae'