Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Sketchbook Project V

A really quick and simple way to add interesting pages to your sketchbook is by using wax resist. You can achieve good results by just using childrens wax crayons or even a candle, but you get the best results if you use oil pastels which are oilier than regular crayons and give a better resist.

Start by sketching out your design - simple bold shapes work well and once again you are not aiming for a masterpiece!

Once you are happy with your design, load up a large soft brush with plenty of ink or watercolour and start to wash over the page.

You can see how the wax marks resist the water colour...

giving bold colourful images.




Try different designs or try putting sweeps of crayon onto the background to give different effects.


As always, give yourself permission to play!

22 comments:

  1. Thank you for the permission! Brilliant!

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  2. Yay for sketchbook project, this may just be something to keep my girl going while her brother is off at cricket camp.

    Oh Gina! The word ver. is 'dumfun'!! I don't thinkthat is true at all, even reading about it great fun.

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  3. Ooohhh so vibrant and pretty.

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  4. hat a great idea. must use my sketchbook more often!
    Like your sketches!!

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  5. Beautiful Gina, such gorgeous colours! :)
    Vivienne x

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  6. I'm ashamed to say my sketching has already fallen by the wayside Gina. Hopefully I shall have a bit more time now to play. I love these images and the colours you have used - they have become mini masterpieces.

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  7. Gina ,you will make artists out of us all yet ...love Jan xx

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  8. i love having permission to play - am off to Trash's tomorrow to play with more painting!!!

    xx

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  9. Thank you again for sharing your ideas and being an inspiration. It IS appreciated xx

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  10. I've been enjoying this series so much Gina. It's fabulous watching your different designs appear.

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  11. Beautiful! the children will love this! Lucy x

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  12. Love it! Itching to get my hands on my paints when I get home - have a great idea - well I had it before I came to France - on the day I was leaving - so inspiration is having to sit tight right now!!! :( xxx

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  13. Gina - you have a great way of showing the non-artistic like me that making something pretty can be easy. Thank you.

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  14. Whenever I see poppy heads I think of you now ! I have been rivetted to these .. they are just so lovely.

    x

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  15. That has to be the key - permission to play!!! I think I need to embroider that on my brain! I love your posts on your sketchbook. You continue to inspire.

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  16. how did i miss the blog update - I'm going to get my sketchbook ready for after thes kid have gone to bed - have a lovely "day" Gina - can't wait to see how this one develops :)

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  17. OOOOOOO LOvely I think I might play this game.

    Sam

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  18. They are absolutely beautiful you are so clever - I might be tempted to try and play - although the jury is out on that one!!!

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  19. thanks for popping by my blog - hope to see you one day at jolie.
    great post - very inspiring
    anniex

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  20. Nice very nice!! Love the sketches before the watercolour all so well drawn. love your talent.

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