11. I went over the whole picture applying colour dry as appropriate....
By now the paper was getting sturated and as they are waxy there was little grip to the surface and no absobency so time to change technique.....
12. I wet the brush again and applied it straight to the bar working up some thicker colour onto the brush....
and applied to the chair....
Despite having sharp corners these do wear down as being used to lay down dry so for smaller areas where more control is needed a brush is also useful.
No matter how hard I tried I couldn't get these looking tidy - maybe needed a smoother paper.
13. Now to the final area the flower beds.
By this time the small broken off pieces (some deliberate some just broke while using dry) were getting softer. They were warming up and sticking to my fingers. Nice and squishy for applying 'lumpy' bits of texture.
After just this one painting this is how my set of 24 Artbars look now.....
and the painting
(Will be posted for comments with a second piece I did for WDE so this is a demo thread for artbars not for comments on the picture itself
I think when using again I would avoid a heavily textured paper as the dips, although ok for final scumbling in preferred areas like gravelly pathes, mde working very difficult.
Although opaque the dark colours will show through as a glaze.
They blend more easily if warmed in the hand.
Are incredibly brittle
Not easy to layer, unlike Oil Pastels, these set waxy and shiny.
Some nice, intersting colours and I like the way they divide into groups but never the right colour and mixing is NOT easy either wet or dry.
Blending is best done with the fingers
Not easy for 'fiddly bits'
When mixing wet they very easily can go muddy and also have a sort of cloudy look about them.
Not sure what category they fit into - VERY similar in manner of use to CD Neocolour II water soluble oil pastesl, but a lot waxier and harder.
May work well with watercolours for mixed media work
I found certain aspects frustrating but I think it was just inexperience with the new medium.
I think they might grow on me but I would need to experiment on more supports, by which time they will probably be pretty broken up.
They seem to get used up fairly quickly, especially the broken off bits that can just melt into the fingers with a lot of use.
I have not charted good/bad features, just noted my own experiences. You will see many pro demos but I thought i'd give an unbiased account as an unprofessional user.
It's up to you - I'd say give them a try.
btw if you are a member of the SAA you can get one free to try by using the voucher in 'Paint' magazine.
ok...... now you can post....................