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klrecer
08-21-2007, 02:36 PM
Just curious if anyone has ever used these and how they worked

Pat Isaac
08-21-2007, 04:13 PM
I'm not sure what they are. Could you be a little more specific? Are they and oil pastel that is used with water?

Pat

vicks
08-21-2007, 04:18 PM
http://www.dickblick.com/zz219/27/ Have a look at this

Pat Isaac
08-21-2007, 04:27 PM
Thanks, Vicks and welcome.:wave: Thes look the same as the portfolio brand and many people really like them and have great success.
You might check out this thread of an artist who is using water soluble OPs.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=439141

Pat

LJW
08-21-2007, 06:06 PM
I have the Neocolor II watersoluble crayons, which I bought when I was painting in watercolour. Since I discovered oil pastels, I haven't used them. I'm not sure how they compare to the aquasticks, but I expect they are similar. You can create a wash with them, but, in my opinion, they don't have the intensity of colour or the impasto capability of true OPs. I'll probably try mine for underpainting at some point. Jane

NothingButPencils
08-21-2007, 09:21 PM
I use both the Aquastics as well as the Neocolor IIs. I really love both and have really been getting more and more into the water solubles. Both brands are very similar in practice. As Jane says, they are not as intense used dry and harder to work impasto-- but used wet they really spring to life and are incredibly vivid. I never leave them dry-- but switch to a regular OP if I want that sort of effect.

You can put them down dry and then wet brush over them or dip them in water and draw with them wet. You can also use a brush to pull pigment off the stick directly as if it were a watercolor cake. You can do a whole painting in them or use them as an underpainting for regular OPs. One nice thing about using them for underpainting is that once dry regular OPs will not disturb them so you can avoid muddying things up. (Water however will reactivate them.) They also combine very well with regular and water soluble colored pencils. Finally, there are a couple of good books on watercolor pencils-- 1 by Kutch and one by Greene (both at Amazon) and all those techniques can be used with the water soluble OPs. Hope this helps!
-RB

LJW
08-21-2007, 10:03 PM
Rich, thanks for clarifying how you use them. I wonder if you have had the problem I had with the Neocolor II - I found that some colours weren't as easily soluble as others, so that in some instances I was left with lines/marks that I didn't want. Getting an even wash could be difficult. Jane

NothingButPencils
08-21-2007, 10:44 PM
Jane, Yes, I've found some variation among the colors. So far in my experience both the surface and the brush you use can have a significant effect. I like better quality watercolor papers (Arches, etc.). Sometimes a soft watercolor brush doesn't quite cut it for spreading the pigment evenly and I use a bristle brush instead.
-RB

LJW
08-21-2007, 11:40 PM
Rich, thanks. I've got lots of Arches left from my watercolour days, and also bristle brushes from my watersoluble oils. I'll give a Neocolor II underpainting a try next time I do a landscape.

Klrecer, I hope this discussion has helped you too. Jane

klrecer
08-27-2007, 01:05 PM
Thanks so much for your answers...I may have to pick me some up and play.

Sneuart
09-02-2007, 07:59 PM
http://www.dickblick.com/zz219/27/ Have a look at this

Dear klrecer:

You can also find these at Jerry's Artarama.

http://www.jerrysartarama.com/art-supply-stores/online/5044

Have you been experimenting, or are you thinking about trying them? I don't have any, but am considering them to try monoprinting technique.


Just curious.

Stephanie

klrecer
09-04-2007, 08:51 PM
I am thinking about trying them...i keep toying with the idea just having done it yet.