Good Sunday morning. As I sit here enjoying my morning coffee and some music, I am pondering my day. I have neglected a few things around the house this week, and they’ve piled up, but thankfully, the dishwasher and laundry machines will tackle most of it with a minimum of interaction from me. Which leaves me free to finish colouring up a picture I’ve been working on and gather up some thoughts that have been rattling around my brain lately. Please forgive the photo quality, I’m still getting the hang of taking good pictures and have realized I need to get a tripod to help steady my images.
Working on her hair, remembering highlights.
Earlier this year, I joined a few Facebook groups for colouring and colouring books. To say it has become a passion is a bit of an understatement. It was a great way to reconnect with all of my art classes back in college, to use what I’d learnt and had not applied to any career path in my life. I pulled out my 30 year old box of art supplies, and lovingly walked down memory lane with all the different mediums..some I had since replaced, and so I donated things to others who had none.
I see all sorts of things in these groups, I see beautiful artworks, which humble and inspire me, I see beautiful books, which fill me full of want, and I see people acquiring TONS of art supplies, usually without any knowledge of what they’ve purchased, nor how to properly use them. I see lots of frustration, and damning of supplies, when really what is needed is an understanding of what each medium is, how it works, and why it works the way it does. And the questions…so many questions, and answers, most of which are good sound advice, and some that are so ridiculous I just want to shake my head and scream.
I’ve been debating whether or not I would do a basic write-up to address some of these as I come across them, (such as do all markers bleed?) and the answer is yes. Stay tuned…I will tackle the wherefores and whys of different types of mediums, and how they work.
But for today, it’s finishing up my colouring, from the French colouring book: My Makeup Coloriages,using a $5 set of coloured pencils to show that it’s the skill and technique that create the art, not how expensive your pencils might be. I picked up a 48-pack of Staples branded Staedtler pencils on sale earlier this year, and have loved using them.
Staples branded Staedtler pencils
Yes, a $5 set of pencils can produce beautiful results