Saturday, October 25, 2008


I'm experimenting with Yes! canvas, using the trio of pears reference from the virtualsketchdate blog. Yes! is advertised as being able to handle any kind of wet media. These are both small pieces, 8 x 6 inches.

The first image is the Sharpie marker version. I'm not too happy with the makers on canvas. They took too long to dry. I even let some of the layers dry overnight, but when I put more maker on top, it dissolved the layer underneath. This could be a good thing if you want to mix the colors, but I was looking more for the previous layers to act as an underpainting. But it is much more graphic than what I normally do.

This is the watercolor version. Not too thrilled with this one either. It was quite difficult to get the watercolor to stick to the canvas. Just the least bit of water dissolved the pigment right down to the white canvas. I had to let the watercolors thicken up until they were about like acrylics. I used lots and lots of watercolor here. It's not exactly brushed on, but more pounced on with an old brush. This was the only way I could get the paint to "stick" to the canvas.

I can see that there are possibilities here. Maybe I need a different kind of watercolors. I started with Windsor/Newton straight out of the tube, but I ended up using Yarka semi-moist pan colors. It was easier to maintain the viscosity of the paint. The white is watercolor gouache and as you can see, it picked up the underlying shadow color, even though I waited 24 hours before putting it on the canvas.

It might be me, because watercolors are not my media of choice. I've painted in oils and acrylics in the past, but I found the Yes! canvas to be difficult to handle.

However, I love the fact that this image is now on canvas. I've sprayed it with fixative and I think that it could be sprayed with Krylon clear to completely seal it. Then it could be framed without glass - something I can't always do with my colored pencil works.


kay susan said...

I'm enjoying watching your experiments! I tried sharpie markers on freezer bags and the writing just floated off. I also tried them on fabric and found they 'bled excessively'.

christine said...

I love the variety of media you are experimenting with!

I know what you mean about getting hooked on the Virtual Sketch Date — see you next month!

Sharon said...

Deep, rich colors in these!

bluelilac said...

I like the watercolour version best. It sounds like it was a bit of a struggle.
The colours are pleasing.

"JeanneG" said...

That purple and green look really good together. Nice opportunity to try out new things.

Kellie Hill said...

loving watching the experiments- the watercolors pouncing is really kind of a cool effect, even if it's not what was originally palnned... have you tried colored pencil on something like pastelboard? they're prepared hardboard panels coated with marble dust or something. I love the texture, and I bet it would work for cp but still be sealable and something you wouldn't have to put behind glass.

Quilt Knit said...

Wow! You have certainly been working hard. I just love your Pears. Seeing all your work is a thrill.
I will let you know something. I went to an art show on Sunday at a Mall. Right there on the show postcard is a Pear. It is drawn the way all Western artist say you cannot do that- a pear on a large piece of paper in the middle- no shadow - no nothing- except very light CP markings- it is not for sale. Then like magic on the next wall- there they were--- Our three pears! All in the same positions. No spatial relationships except the Pears, one is set farther from the other two.
I guess Pears just all sit that way for Artist.
No, they are not as good as Ours.

Sherrie Roberts

Quilt Knit said...

Forgot to say! I have been lucky to work on that watercolor canvas at stores! People paint on it and leave tons of whit space. Unfortunately, On canvas these makes WC feel as a unfinished oil or acrylic. The WC does not absorb into the canvas and give off those wonderful auras. Your marker problem is it exactly how we were taught to use them in school. Most to the best marker work is done on layout paper.
Check out Chip Foose -- on Overhauling. These works are not meant to last.