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07-11-2015, 03:26 AM
I went out sketching with friends yesterday at an old manor house. I decided to draw the stables as the textures, rotting doors and ancient brickwork were so interesting.


The rear wall of the stables is 12th century, other parts are also very old as it was repaired over the years.

Done with a wash of watercolour over sanded paper and then coloured pencil.

07-11-2015, 04:23 AM
Golly, this is wonderful. You have restored my faith in coloured pencils. :)

07-11-2015, 05:42 AM
:lol: I like them best on sanded paper. This was Fisher 400. I haven't used color fix paper but a friend says it is similar. It grips the colour and makes it behave more like pastel, much quicker as well as there is no length of time building intensity and colour overlays. This was the first time I'd used them plein air on this paper, I'd normally choose paint.

07-11-2015, 06:19 AM
Sounds like something I just might have to try!!!!

07-11-2015, 02:39 PM

07-11-2015, 09:26 PM

I love the look of this! At first, I thought it was pastels, because its so soft looking. How interesting it is that you combined two different media, to resemble a third.
I like the suggestion of the bricks, and the just enough details in the grass. It looks like a building full of warmth and memories. Thanks for taking us there.

07-12-2015, 09:43 AM

Thanks everyone :)

I've decided to crop it s.ightly like this

07-12-2015, 09:54 AM
Looks good.

07-15-2015, 02:26 AM
Decided not to crop it after all! Did a little more work and it's now framed ready to go into an exhibition on Saturday


07-15-2015, 02:27 AM
That photo is a little dark

07-15-2015, 09:43 AM
Watercolor on sanded paper? I've never heard of that one except as an underpainting for pastel. Which brand and grade? This is a very interesting technique, great effects and a beautiful sketch.

07-15-2015, 01:29 PM
Just a little fast under painting in watercolour. On Fisher 400. Then it's coloured pencil - but the way the sanded paper grips it makes it look like pastel. I was doing it for a pastel exhibition, where cps are allowed.

07-16-2015, 04:29 PM
Gorgeous work on the old building. Has a feeling of being in pastel.

08-12-2015, 11:06 PM
that stable painting is beautiful!!

08-13-2015, 04:43 AM
Thanks EP and Zebby :)

08-14-2015, 06:03 PM
Wow that's beautiful! I have to try it now. I've been using pastels on sanded paper for a long time but not really colored pencils. It's a wonderful atmosphere. I wasn't sure you hadn't used pastel maybe with watercolor to get those lovely effects. Gorgeous work!

Joan T
08-16-2015, 12:23 PM
Love the textures!!!!

08-16-2015, 12:53 PM
The nice thing is its cleaner Rob! So more convenient sometimes. I felt guilty for not using pastels on a day out sketching with the local pastel society last week. I did use a bit of charcoal and cp and the second was graphite, so some dry media. :angel: