Learning to paint using wax crayons

One fine evening I wanted to make a quick drawing but was lazy to get the brushes and colors out, and do the cleaning afterwards :). I thought, why not try wax crayons, which I have in my house for at least 15 years now. My parents tell me that I got those as a prize in some competition in primary school. Surprisingly, these things are a beast, they still work and there’s no mess created afterwards, and if you try can be erased using a rubber eraser. I had a few drawing sheets lying around, so just used those. That’s why you see the punch holes in most of the paintings :). The only minor problem I had was that I did not have all the colors, especially just one shade of brown.

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Learning to paint using watercolor

Having run out of oil painting sheets (see Learning to paint using oils), I thought to give watercolors a try. I already had necessary supplies at home, and bought some average quality watercolor paper from a local stationary shop.

Watercolor as a medium is very different to oils, in terms of blending characteristics and drying time. I was excited to experiment with watercolor and thought it would be much easier to handle. But it was a failure to being with, I found it hard to use the right amount of water and was always slow to apply colors while blending. The color dries super fast so the next few steps have to be planned in advance, and it’s not like oils where you can get a coffee in between applying two brush strokes.

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