Saturday, 28 August 2010
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
After a quick Internet search I have found that the main brands available in the UK pages are Derwent, Faber Castell and Caran D'Ache. Artists seem to prefer Faber Castell as the poll on the following web page shows.
Faber Castell polychromos have a large range of colours and they last quite well however they are expensive. FC also make a pencil called art grip which is cheaper blends really well and the leads do not break so easily.
Please comment if you have found another pencil superior as these are only the opinions and short experience of a beginner.
Sunday, 22 August 2010
Friday, 20 August 2010
Click here to link to a video from ceparching showing how to use dorsing to colour backgrounds.
Monday, 16 August 2010
There are three types, white, metallic and transparent. They all mix with water but when dry are resistant to water.
White is used for tracing. You have to shake the pot before using it.
Metallic , silver and gold, can also be shaken but the bits quickly fall to the bottom so it is best to give it a stir with a small cocktail stick or similar. Two coats are advised.
Transparent inks are available in about 10 colours and you can mix them to create the shade you want.
Pinta Perla is a water based acrylic paint which gives a pearly sheen.
Perga Color are water based felt tip pens, you can mix colours together on a palette
Perga Liners are pencil crayons, they come in oil based and water colour or aquarelle.
Dorso crayons are oil pastels and can be used to colour the back of parchment. They can be applied with zest it or turpentine.
Friday, 6 August 2010
Click on the heading above to link to Wightcat Crafts competiton.
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Sunday, 1 August 2010
Starting a parchment project involves transferring an image from a line drawing or picture on to parchment. This can be done with white pencil, or an ordinary pencil, a mapping pen and white or coloured inks, or a micron pen.
White pencil - this seems to be the most used method. The benefits are that you can emboss the picture on the back and then turn over and rub out the pencil easily.
Ordinary pencil can be used if there is, for example, perforations to be made within a certain area and white pencil would be difficult to see. It is of course rubbed out afterwards.
White Tinta ink- this gives a different look to the parchment. It is quite an important skill to learn how to use the mapping pen correctly.
Coloured Tinta ink- black for example can give a picture , impact.
So, to get started tracing you need parchment paper of 150 / 160 gsm and a white pencil or mapping pen and ink and a pattern or picture.
Click on the Heading above to link to a Pergamano video on tracing.
I have just finished a rather a rather large area of grid work. A few weeks ago I was cutting quite tatty x cuts even though I had tried changing from snips to gold scissors and back again, after a lot of advice I think I have improved dramatically. I think the trick is confidence, and you only get that with practise, so if anyone is struggling with a technique, just keep trying.
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