Dabble by Karen Gadient, 2016

Dabble. Watercolor pencil and water-soluble graphite. An experiment to see if the pencils could work like acrylic if they’re layered enough. Spatter was done by dabbing (to pick up lots of pigment) and then flicking a moist brush on the tip of the watercolor pencil. Pretty much a mess, but a colorful one! Lots of fun to do.

A creative mess is better than idle tidiness. ― Michael J. Fox

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Filed under Art, Color, Colored Pencil, Creativity, Mixed Media, Painting, Pencil, Quotes, Sketchbook, Watercolor

15 responses to “Dabble

  1. sueashby7

    Karen, I love this one. What a great technique, and the colors you’ve used actually make me happy. This is fabulous.

  2. I love the blue, it reminds to of cool water.

  3. Wonderful! I love not only the colors but the flair of the design.

  4. I’ve gotten a lot out of layering colored pencils over and over again. Not sure how it compares to acrylics. What did you think?

    • I think regular colored pencils can look similar to oils when layered enough, but it’s a lot of work. Watercolor pencils have a bit more flexibility and I think they work well when combined with other media, including dry pencils… but neither of these have the speed of acrylics or gouache. Depends on the project, I guess. I’m still deciding on my ‘favorite’ mediums, even after years of experiments!

  5. Yes, a perfect creative mess, really quite attractive!! πŸ™‚

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