This week I have been playing around with lots of different materials and ideas so I decided to share my top 6 favourites here.
I have recently rediscovered my love for colouring pencils, courtesy of a wonderful set gifted to me by my brother. This set is absolutely gorgeous and much higher quality than the pencils I have used before.
My much-loved but very messy watercolours are a staple and if I ever want to add colour this is the first thing I grab for. I religiously use Winsor & Newton, I have found they have the best pigment and consistency and they haven’t let me down yet.
Something new I have been playing around with these past few weeks is ceramic casting. I have been producing etching plates which I then cast in Plaster of Paris. Still experimenting with the process but it’s looking very exciting so far.
Ink & Bleach
Ink and Bleach is a process I absolutely love, I use Parker Quink with standard household bleach which lifts the ink away (sort of like those odd double ended pens you had in school). You can see some examples of this process here.
Collage is my go to for idea generation and making compositions, I try to avoid using it too much with found imagery only using non-copyrighted imagery from the British Library Archive.
Digital colouring is still fairly new to me, I have been testing ideas using already drawing imagery and colouring it using Photoshop (very basic I know, technology is not my strong point). I am very lucky to have my boyfriends old Wacom to mess round with, but I definitely rate these tablets, unbelievably easy to use and stay calibrated.
I have listed my favourite brands but these are based on what I have used, I definitely haven’t used all the different brands available. If you have any suggestions please let me know in the comments!