Skully Update, Derwent Inktense Review
Okay, so my last post was a step-by-step water soluble graphite and Derwent Inktense painting that I almost scrapped at the end. It was going just fine until I added color, but my choice of medium was not ideal. This is what I get for writing the post in real time while I am making the art. I did not want to scrap the post because I had already spent so much time on the whole affair.
I decided to let the painting dry completely before I would tackle it again the next day, so I put the piece on my table and went about my business. Then, my daughter comes to tell me something, stops mid-sentence, and stares at my little painting saying, "Ooooh that is so pretty!" My baby loves anything with skulls, bless her goth punky little heart. So my problem solved itself! Next thing I know, she is trotting back to her dungeon with the mini painting, happy as can be (she's not Emo), and so I don't have to work on the piece any more.
During subsequent experiments, I have discovered that regular watercolor and watercolor pencils work much better with water soluble graphite. Inktense pencils are not quite the same thing, you see. They have a water soluble ink base rather than the traditional watercolor pencil formula. The good thing about this is that once dry, the Inktense pigment is almost waterproof. You have the same translucent qualities but less chance of accidentally creating "mud".