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Thursday, October 06, 2016

A Must Have Treasure for Watercolor Underpaintings on the Go

'My Florida'          8x10         pastel         ©Karen Margulis
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 I had to do it. I only have a day to unpack from Charlotte and repack for my workshop in New Mexico but I had to make  a trip to Hobby Lobby in search of a treasure. I am so excited that I found it (two actually and I bought them both)  If you follow my blog then you may know that I love using Cretacolor Aqua Briques for watercolor underpaintings. They are so rich and vibrant! Read more about them here.

I brought along my set of aqua bricks to my Underpainting workshop for the Piedmont Pastel Society. It is a bit of a big tin but worth it for the results so I don't usually mind making room for them. But imagine my surprise and delight when one of the artists in the class showed me her little treasure.....baby Aqua Briques!  That's right. She found a small travel size set of Cretacolor Aqua Briques. The tin measures just 4x5 inches. I knew I just had to find a set. She had purchased hers at Hobby Lobby so I made the trek there today and found them! I did a happy dance!
Of course I had to try them out on a painting and now I am very behind in my packing!

I also found some other cool art stuff at Hobby Lobby but it will all have to wait until I get back from New Mexico!

Cretacolor Aqua Briques.....minis! Click here to see them at Blicks

The watercolor underpainting on white Pastel Premier paper

Art Haul from Hobby Lobby. Fun Stuff!


Lissa said...

Karen - This is stunning! You definitely nailed the concept of getting the values of the underpainting to reduce the amount of pastels. Love the bright colors. Now I think I have to run up to Hobby Lobby today!

Marsha said...

I love your style. New to pastels, yr. I am following 1 of your Sunday studio videos, very helpful. What is the secret to carving out trees? I think I am taking too big marks, going to try nibbling at them next.