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Winter Feast

Winter Feast

Last night when I was opening up mail one of the pieces was a Christmas card from my Aunt and Uncle. The card was very nice and the image on it reminded me a a bird that had found a feast to eat in the cold of winter. So this afternoon I took out my pencil and began to sketch the image on the card and penciled it in with pastel pencils. I’ve never thought of drawing or painting my Christmas cards before today. It would certainly be a way to know I have always kept them.

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  1. I love the snow on the wrought iron and the deep pink flowers with the bird as the central image.

  2. I liked all the same features of the Christmas card myself.
    Thank you for commenting, Carol.

  3. Val Erde

     /  January 9, 2011

    Very pretty! I love the floral element best.

    Have you tried watercolour pencils? I adore them and they can be used dry or wet. I saw that you were commissioned by Derwent (well done!) who make my fave watercolour pencils, lovely and soft. (Sorry, this reads like an ad, that wasn’t intended! I use caran d’ache too!)

  4. Hello Val, As a matter a fact, I just got my first set of “Derwent Watercolor Penicls just the other day. I tried my hand at them last night, but thing were a bit awkward for me. lol. But they seem like a lot of fun to work with. And, no, your post doesn’t not seem like an ad to me at all.
    Thank you for your comments.

    • Val Erde

       /  January 10, 2011

      Ah – but are you using them with or without water? I mostly use them without. In that way they are like non-dusty pastels. With water, the best way is to do a layer of shading with the side of the pencil, then a wash over it, let it dry and then repeat as many times as necessary.

  5. I’m sorry, Val, I seemed to have lost you. I thought we were talking of Waterpencils, which I’ve been using both wet and dry as I get use to them.

    • Val Erde

       /  January 11, 2011

      Yes, that’s right, but you see watercolour pencils are only (basically) block watercolours in the form of a pencil ‘lead’ inside the wooden casing of the pencil itself, so the media can be used like a non-water soluble pencil (dry), and then when the colour is applied, you can apply a wash over them with a brush. Do you mean you’re wetting the actual pencil tip? Some people do this, but I’ve never found it achieves good results.

  6. No, I use a a brush after I have applied the color. I’m getting more use to it each time I give my hand a try at it too.

  7. i like it


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