|'Simple Pleasures' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I love to experiment so when I am restocking my supplies I always look for something new to try for underpaintings. My latest purchase were some Intense Blocks by Derwent. Intense products are not new but I have not yet used them for underpaintings so I purchased three blocks to give them a try.
|Derwent Inktense Blocks|
Watercolour Inktense blocks combine the brilliant colours of Inktense pencils with the freedom of blocks making it easy to cover large areas really quickly. You can use these watercolour blocks dry or add water to create deep, intense colour washes. Once dry Inktense becomes permanent and you can work over the top of it so it great for layering and for use on silk and cotton!
|Experimenting with three sticks and some water|
I tried the three colors on a piece of Uart paper. I liked the richness of the ink once it was wet. Pressing harder created darker values. Adding more water created lighter value washes.
I used a brush and water to create the ink washes. I also went back into the wet washed with the sticks to create lines. I liked the effect of the wash and I even got a few interesting drips!
|The underpainting with the Intense wash|
The key to any underpainting is how well the pastel can be layered on top. I found the inktense blocks did not fill the tooth of my sanded paper so I was able to paint without any noticeable change in paper texture. I got plenty of layers and even was able to brush out and repaint the foreground.(another story!)
I am intrigued by the possibilities of the Intense blocks and I will definitely try some of the other colors. I can see using them instead of hard pastels and water or alcohol wash.
If you are also intrigued check out this Pinterest page devoted to the Intense products. There are many possibilities!
|I used Richard McKinley's set of Terry Ludwig pastels exclusively for this painting.|
I am making a list of media we can use for pastel underpaintings. Help me and share your ideas in the comments.