Many people have asked me about my materials and why I use them. So, here you go—the answers. You can also hear me talking about all of this in the “not very exciting” video I’ve linked here.
Why Colored Pencils?
That’s so simple. When I stared to draw three years ago, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on materials because I didn’t know if making art would work for me. So instead, I used what I had. I found that my children had lots of colored pencils, I found a box of hardly touched pastels and some colored pastel paper. It’s what was available, so it’s what I used. A wonderful benefit of using pencils is that there is virtually no-set up time required, which means that I can get to the art-making very quickly and easily wherever I am. After a long work day, it is always easy enough to pull out the pencils for a little bit.
I developed a style of laying down a darker color first and/or using colored papers as a backdrop. I also use the color of the paper as another color within the artwork. I use various sizes, colors and brands of pens to add details as well as gel pens and gouache for the white areas. Over time, I grew more confident with this approach and felt very connected to these materials. I do paint from time to time and would like to try more of that.
And Why Colored Paper?
Initially I started working on colored paper because as I said previously, I found some colored pastel paper in my children’s art supplies. When I first started to make art, I also discovered that working on darker surfaces was like an “ice-breaker” for me. I was so intimidated by a blank piece of white paper! I still am. I now use all kinds of paper including cream and yes, white. I am also starting to make some digital pieces, so no paper at all! I purchased a Wacom tablet in December and I’m doing my 100 day challenge as digital art in order to practice. In my crystal ball I spy an iPad and Procreate in my near future.