Neocolor II Experiment

I recently picked up a set of Caran d’Ache water-soluble artist crayons , and let me tell you, they are a joy.  Abstract work has really been helping me to clear my head lately. Kinda like a spring cleaning and reorganization.   Except, with fun and color!  They don’t claim to be art, but they are in my art journal, and it’s been so much fun to just sit down and play with art supplies and color.

Here’s a photo before adding water to liquefy them (ok, I’d added water to some of the yellow and orange before remembering to snap the photo):

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There were lots of stages in between that I was having too much fun to stop and photograph….but here is the final:

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Aren’t they so vibrant and amazing? They turn to liquid butter after hitting them with water, and it doesn’t take much effort at all to see no lines at all from the initial color lay-down.   This piece was brought to you primarily by those Neocolor II crayons, a bit of acrylic paint, bit of watercolor pigment…..and water.  Just like magic.   I really enjoyed making this one.   And I hope you enjoy the view.   I highly recommend those babies!   (And, not to be an enabler, but Blick has free shipping on orders of $59+ through today.)

I wish you and yours a blissful and serene late August Sunday.   Peace.

54 thoughts on “Neocolor II Experiment

  1. Good morning Laura, Dick Blick should be giving you a discount for your advertising! 😄 looks like a fun product, I must give them a try soon. My local Dick Blick just moved into a larger location and have added more fun art supplies. Keep having fun!

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      1. I do like the image of you sitting down to play with color. I’d like to try that approach: I usually have some scene in my brain that I want to work with. But just starting with color, I’d like to try that.

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  2. A nice play with colors. I have a set of Neocolor II crayons. I used to work in colored pencil and would put a background in with Neocolor II, wet, add a layer of colored pencil and blend with a bristle brush. This technique was very popular with CP artists when working on pastelbord. I have not used them in my journal work but do have them out to experiment with. You can also use them like watercolor pans. They will last forever. I know you will have lots of fun experimenting with them. I am interested to see where you go with them. Some of those prices with Dick Blick are too hard to resist!

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  3. I love this! 💜💚💛 WOWZA! Laura! This is AWESOME! Love those dots again – in acrylic paint? I have a set of these wax pastels and absolutely love them! So fun to watch the colors magically change with water. I hope you create more of these! 😊🌟🎨

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    1. Yay, glad you like it Jill – your mixed media stuff rocks!! I thought of you when I made the dots. :)) Yeah, they are acrylic. Aren’t these pastels amazing? I actually like this too. I’m enjoying working abstract and playing with color. It’s just what I need right now.

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