In the second week Marie included a very detailed tutorial on how to colour the tangle Purk using a combination of the Irojiten pencils with Tombow Markers & the Blender Pen. I set out to replicate her illustration using my Derwent Coloursoft pencils with the Tombows & Blender Pen on the Canson Mix Media paper (recommended by Marie as having the ideal amount of texture/tooth for layering the colours).
As I worked I realized that I wasn't getting the debris that I had previously when using the Coloursofts & experienced quite a thrill as I saw the tangle coming to life. I was just going to add the Tombows & Blender Pen as Marie had when my husband suggested that I leave it without blending & draw another. That was when I decided to test out a number of different methods of blending (see photo below & click to enlarge for details).
The 'homework' pencil project was to draw an organic Zendala & include the 'scrumbling stroke' when colouring it. I used scrumbling to fill in the lime/yellow areas & blended the other areas using a paper stump dipped in Sansodor. I was actually rather surprised that the Sansodor didn't cause the Pigma Micron I used for the tangles to smear whatsoever, having said that I always heat set prior to colouring when using the Pigma Microns.
|tangles: Flux, Meer, Pokeroot, Sanibelle|
Derwent Coloursoft Pencils blended with Sansodor & paper stumps
on Canson XL Series Mix Media 98lb/160g paper
White Pentel K118 Hybrid Gel Grip Pen used for highlighting