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©Lezley Davidson, “High Again” 2018, mixed media on paper.

On my quest to find a process that gets me the results that I’m looking for in a quick and relatively painless manner (oh – the artist dream), I’ve picked up the Graphitint again.

My thought was that I would render in the Indigo Blue Graphitint, ink, fix and then glaze over top with colour. Once I was finished with the monochromatic part – I thought “WHY” and called it a day.

I have some ideas. Stay tuned.

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So I finally got around to testing out the Kizara Wood Pad with some mixed results. I tested graphite, felt tip, brush pen, watercolour and Copic markers.

What I can do is record my current process for creating this Tarot deck. So here it is…

This is how I take a blue-lined, inked page and get it ready for colouring.

I ordered a bunch of my favourite felt tip brush pens and they arrived super quick!

– so I thought I’d share with you my love of the Kuretake disposable brush pen.

Multiple light layers are better technique for coloured pencils than pushing harder to make them darker. Also, don’t drop them. Ever.

I’m a big fan of Daniel Smith specialty colours like Moonglow and Rose of Ultra – but I’d rather know what goes into these paints since they are mixed pigment tubes. So I tested to see if I could mix them myself.

Okay – so no joke, we test out Daniel Smith DuoChrome and Interference colours.

I was pretty stoked… and then not so much because there is very little difference between these and the acrylic interference colours. (Which I use on my watercolour paintings to get iridescent and pearl or interference colour effects.)

But I guess it’s good to know that they’re available in watercolour.

So begins a small excursion into colour charts and comparisons and pigments and lightfastness and composition and other lovely stuff associated with paints and painting.

We look specifically at Holbein Irodori colours and random Daniel Smith colours – the random being it caught my eye and I wanted to see what it looked like.