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Old 05-16-2012, 12:21 AM
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New Zealand Tui on Flax

Yay, so cool to be back

I actually started this board a few months ago but have just got busy with commissions and a pastel conference got me all enthused about pastels, I've been neglecting the scratchboard. But it's time to get back to it.... anyhow this is my efforts for today.

I started colouring with the Inktense pencils. I put it on to watercolour paper and used the brush from there, is this how everyone else does it??? or do you apply the pencil straight to the board, then water? And do you rescratch after this to get more depth. It's all a bit of a learning curve, but am enjoying it so far.

The yellow on his beak is pollen, but not sure if it works. It's very common for Tuis to be covered in pollen like this, your thoughts more than welcome!! Thanks

Gotta go stand at a cold hockey park now, and will check out what everyone's been up to later tonight. Catchyas later!
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:57 AM
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Re: New Zealand Tui on Flax

With your knowledge of colours Kaz, this should be a winner. Leave the pollen on IMO. I apply the inktense like you but sometimes just wet the brush and apply to the pencil then to the painting.

Looking forward to updates.
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Old 05-16-2012, 01:13 AM
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Re: New Zealand Tui on Flax

Awesome!!! I usually do it the way Lesley does, wet the brush, apply to the pencil and then to the painting. It's a control thing.
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:23 AM
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Re: New Zealand Tui on Flax

This is already a beauty. I use the inktense pencils a bit differently. I use it like a color pencil on the board and then use a wet brush to go over it. But I am the least experienced when it comes to coloring and might be doing it all wrong
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Re: New Zealand Tui on Flax

Looks great!
I'll be back for the finish.
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Re: New Zealand Tui on Flax

This is looking Great already!
Leave the pollen
as for applying the color...there is no set way to do it as far as I know
I color on the metal lid of my prismacolors wc pencil case then add water, I also just wet the pencil tip with water then touch the brush to the pencil, and I also color straight on the board then add water
I rescratch after applying the color to pull the highlights back out.
After applying the color I then cuss and mope around for a day or two.
Why? you ask......cause color and I...well we don't see eye to eye!
I'd rather be waterboarded than color a board!
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:08 AM
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Re: New Zealand Tui on Flax

Thanks all, great to hear your different methods of how you apply the colour. Can you also use plain old watercolour pencils? Aquarelle? or does it have to be ink? I've coloured some eyes before with the Ampersand inks, but not this way, so it's all a new experience. Cheers for your help! :-)
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Re: New Zealand Tui on Flax

I use watercolor pencils (prismacolor) and inks usually.
the watercolors will lift off some when you reapply another layer
if its really wet. Inks stay put pretty well.
Hopefully that helps some
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Re: New Zealand Tui on Flax

Beautiful start here. I'm lovin' the rich color that you already have on the bird. Also learning a lot about how to apply color. Good information.
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Re: New Zealand Tui on Flax

This looks like a winner and looking forward to its progress.
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Re: New Zealand Tui on Flax

I suck on my pencils until my tongue is the color that I need and then I lick the board. It is useful to have a mirror handy to make sure you have the correct color on your tongue before applying it to the board. Allan taught me this method.

I have never used inktense pencils, but I used to apply watercolor pencils the same way you are using the inktense ones. And you can certianly rescratch after you apply color, just make sure it is dry or it will gouge into the board more.

I think you already have captured the iridescent look well on the head and can't wait to see your progress.
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Re: New Zealand Tui on Flax

However you are coloring it - it works! Love the iridescent look you've got and the pollen works too. Very nice.
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:18 PM
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Re: New Zealand Tui on Flax

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I use watercolor pencils (prismacolor) and inks usually.
the watercolors will lift off some when you reapply another layer
if its really wet. Inks stay put pretty well.
Hopefully that helps some

Hey thanks Allan, I've now put 2 and 2 together and know who you are on FB too haha (doh, takes me a while) ;-)
Ok cool, will try the Aquarelle as well, as I'm missing a few colours in the Inktense, cheers for that!
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Re: New Zealand Tui on Flax

Thanks Snoball, Harry & Lynn :-) looking forward to carrying on with it... rather addictive once you've started isn't it ;-)
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Re: New Zealand Tui on Flax

[quote=Crias]I suck on my pencils until my tongue is the color that I need and then I lick the board. It is useful to have a mirror handy to make sure you have the correct color on your tongue before applying it to the board. Allan taught me this method.

Hahaha Cathy, you're quite the card I must try that
Thanks for that, will try the Aquarelle as well, do you mainly use Inks yourself?
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