Charcoal, Neocolor II, and Inktense

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Earlier this year I signed up for Olga Furman’s class, Paint Your Heart and Soul. I love seeing how other artists create and I know that I just may find a lovely little golden nugget in the form of an inspirational art technique that I never knew about or had forgotten. The first week’s share was a charcoal portrait by Olga. I hadn’t used charcoal pencils since my art school days so it was wonderful to go back to them. You can see her eye here is a little bit wonky but that’s okay, it’s been quite a long time since I have drawn anything remotely realistic and this was a very good exercise for me. I have since incorporated charcoal into my latest painting. It felt so good to get my hands all full of back bits of charcoal again. Yum!
I recently learned a new (to-me) technique from the Jeanne Oliver network mini-class, Sketching and Collage. Gosh, I love her online classes offered by so many wonderful artists including herself! I always find little creative nuggets here too. I love creative nuggets! I have used NeocolorII crayons in my work before but I have never incorporated gesso to make the water-soluble crayons permanent. I was able to add layers of colour without the crayons blending into each other. Look at all of the subtle layers! Love! The flowers were made using an image transfer (from free image files). I have made image transfers before but not using this technique. It was fun to do and I love the detail that the transfer left behind. I could have drawn free-hand flowers (as I did for some of the flowers in the next piece) but I like the option of being able to add another layer of interest in this way.Here is my messy art desk and the finished journal piece. I used a the reference pic of myself that I printed out on our laser printer. The painted image does not look like me at all but funny enough, it reminds me of a Vermeer painting! It does not remotely resemble a Vermeer and his wondrous chiaroscuro ways of course, but I keep seeing The Girl With the Pearl Earring in this one. It must be the headscarf! (That’s my art geek creeping out. Gosh, I love art history!!) This next painting, titled Bloom, was part of one of the Soul Sisters United Art Collective auctions on Facebook. You can see the flower transfer technique used again here in this work-in-progress image.Most of the remaining flowers I drew in by hand and used acrylic paint lightly overtop and then added detail with one of my favourite tools, the Posca Pen. I used Stabilo All Pencil and the NeocolorII crayons for her face. I love it so much I am planning on making another painting using this technique for our April auction.
I love the red edge on the canvas too! The colour is so rich and it nicely balances out the red in the piece plus adds a nice ‘frame’.This last piece was a part of this same auction. This is my version of The Hermit from tarot and it now resides with a wonderful woman in British Columbia. One of these days I will create a full tarot deck!! For this piece I used Inkense pencils. They are water-soluble but permanent when dry and they dry much faster than watercolour. This makes it a bit more challenging for blending but the colours are nice and bright. I used permanent ink marker (Prismacolor) for the outlines and details. The white clouds and mist were made with acrylic paint. And of course, what piece would be complete without a little Posca Pen detail?!  Stay tuned for more art to come from another week of Paint You Heart and Soul. I am dreadfully behind with the weekly shares but they are so much fun!

Happy creating!!

Moongirl ❤ ❤



  1. I love all of them but The Hermit is off the charts awesome!

    • Thank you, Robin! ❤ I have a soft spot for The Hermit. 🙂

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