Today I received a lovely sample in the mail from Winsor & Newton...a professional water colour stick in French Ultramarine blue. One of the greatest treats as an artist is receiving samples to try out so, of course, I immediately hit the studio to play. This summer as we travelled I sketched a few landscapes and thought that this might be nice to add to my altered book and the water colour stick was the perfect sketching tool. I decided to create a loose sketch and then use water to soften the edges, then finished up with acrylics.
I really like the fact that the water colour spreads and blends with other water media though it is much softer colour than the vibrant acrylics I use so I added Prussian Blue acrylic on top. One of my biggest challenges is to keep my images loose as I tend to tighten them up at the end but this time I decided to allow the image to remain more 'dreamy'. And I like the effect. I think it will be a perfect backdrop for a quote.