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More on the Winsor & Newton Watercolor Pigmented Markers

November 24, 2014

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Above: Page spread in a 7.75 x 9.75 inch Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal. Memory sketch (made after watching several hours of an historical drama) drawn with the fine tip of a Payne's Gray Winsor & Newton Watercolor Marker. The other colors in the face and clothing are gouache painted over the marker sketch. The background was filled in with a 15 mm wide dark orange marker from Montana. The note was written with the W&N watercolor marker.

On October 24 I posted "Winsor & Newton Watercolor Markers" with my first impressions of these new pens. I've had very little time to use them much since them, but have made a couple more experiments.

I'm still a little underwhelmed by the tips they come with. On the other hand I really, really like using my Payne's Gray pen. I love the dark-darks I can get with it and the lovely gray it washes out to. I like sketching with the pen, spritzing the sketch with water, rubbing it all up with a paper towel (to get the diluted areas), redrawing lines I want to be dark for contrast, and finally painting over areas with gouache.

I know I would have great fun using these in life drawing, because on a great wet media paper like Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media paper I can practically wash them out completely which means you can do a sketch, wash out lines, and adjust everything almost as easily as if you were working in charcoal. On a paper sized for watercolor it would be even easier. When family schedules straighten out I look forward to returning to the life drawing co-op.

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