carmella's dream ~ oil paint and graphite on collaged cardboard
as i paint more with water soluble oils i'm reminding myself to keep it simple, keep it fun... when the urge to 'get better'/more polished creeps in i shoo it away. because oils seemed so outrageously fun to me from the beginning, i wanna keep it that way...
for a while now i've been wanting to do a post about shinhan watercolors
and miscellaneous other watercolor stuff...
i found shinhan watercolors last winter when i was looking for a nontoxic naples
yellow, and i've bought a lot of colors since then. they flow
beautifully and they're very inexpensive at dick blick. i've read
some reviews claiming that they're not lightfast - and then i've read
others claiming that most of the colors are, so i don't know what the story
is with that, but since i'm not concerned about my paintings lasting for hundreds of years it isn't an issue for me. and besides, i'm mainly using them in my journals where they'll see very little light.
here are some of my favorite colors... from the top: juane brilliant no. 2, looks very much like salmon (the color). i use it all the while on lips and cheeks. next is shell pink - sigh... i swear i could eat this color! below that is lavender, which is a beautiful lavender-ish periwinkle blue. then leaf green - almost a chartreuse, wonderful for leaves. and greenish yellow - this is so beautiful! an olive green but prettier. and finally, davey's grey - a deep grey green. these three greens have become my favorite greens...
i also use them like gouache and paint right out of the tube with them. they work great like this.
this is sennelier's warm grey
(# 705 on blick's color chart) which is the only other buff titanium (in watercolor) that i've found besides daniel smith's. i might've gotten a bad tube of daniel smith's buff titanium because it's downright gooey, but whatever the case, i was happy to find this user friendly version!
and my fav watercolor brush... hands down, after trying quite a few, the raphael kolinsky red sable, series 8404
. it holds a lot of paint, the tip is fabulous, and it's springy - not floppy. i have no words for how perfect i think this brush is!
paint set with other half and full pans added, and lots of gouache and shinhan watercolors squirted on the lid. i've been loving painting with this set this summer. my travel brush is a #4 escoda, series 1214
brush, and i also stick in an inexpensive filbert for when i really wanna push the paint around. i don't like the escoda brush nearly as much as the raphael, mainly because it's not springy.
for fellow face painters, in case it's useful, the main colors above that i use for skin are: zecchi raw sienna (middle row, second from the right), zecchi flesh tint (middle row, fifth from the left), sennelier warm grey (just left of flesh tint), and for darker shading, zecchi raw umber (middle row, far right). for cheeks and lips i use lots of the reds, oranges, and pinks - the shinhan juane brilliant no. 2 sees a lot of action, as does the shell pink!
and not shown here, white and ivory albrecht durer watercolor pencils
... if i want to paint a face white or ivory first i use them, because once they're dry the color is permanent. which means that they won't cause red on the cheeks to become pink.
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