Today’s art shopping

I just can’t resist myself when I visit my favorite art supply store. The store is small but filled with many delicious choices for any kind of art and craft needs, and it has the best price compared to all art supply stores in my country (at least that I know of ;P ). The stores even sell Derwent product far cheaper than in the Derwent online store.

It’s rare to find a 300gsm watercolor paper that is affordable for an amateur watercolor enthusiast like me. So when I saw Canson XL Mix Media pads I grabbed it immediately. I asked the clerk if they have the XL watercolor pad, but they said they only have Reeves, and so I grabbed that too. That was a blind buy as I haven’t read any review of Canson XL Mix Media pad before. Now that I am home and have access to google, I found that the reviews are not that good for their Mix Media paper. People who reviewed it said that the paper could not hold a lot of water. Oh no, will this be a waste….. I like using wet on wet techniques, but most reviews were for the 160gsm pads. Hopefully the 300gsm is better to hold water and still be a good use to me.

Another blind buy was Pentel Arts Watercolour Set. My Reeves set is beyond use and need retirement. As far as I know Pentel is a quite good brand for student. The reviews I found on the net are quite good. It is compared to the same level as Sakura Koi Watercolor. I probably will try the Canson Mix Media paper and the Pentel watercolor soon, as soon as I finished my current project.



Colored Pencil Magazine October Art Challenge

Finnaly, I decided to take a drawing challenge from Colored Pencil Magazine. CPM always have a drawing contest every month with different theme each time. The October month’s theme is stick and stones. I decided to do this challenge just a week before deadline. It turned out the photo provided was more complicated than I thought it would be. Colored pencil is not my favorite medium. I remember how awful my pencil color drawings were from the time I was in school. But since one of the rules for this contest is to use colored pencil, I have to dig tips and techniques to make a good colored pencil drawing. I look for tutorials around the web, just the simple basic one so I can follow them. I found one tutorial that really helps me to get around on painting stones. The explanations there are easy to follow. (How to Paint Nature’s Bounty using Derwent Coloursoft Pencils by Graham Brace)

Following the tips on the tutorial, I drew a fairly acceptable drawing. I actually learned a lot by drawing this. So if you see that the top part looks to be drawn on different ways than the bottom part, that’s because it is. I experimented on how to make something looks as close to the real photo as possible.

I’m quite proud of my finished drawing. Maybe not the best amongst the other contestants, but at least I manage to finished it before deadline. And I also managed to get quite a few techniques because of this challenge.

CPM OKT 14 - Fina Lau - 25%

Drawn using Derwent Coloursoft on Canson Drawing paper

Drawing from tutorial

I found this cute tutorial about drawing flowing looking goldfish from thefrugalcrafter Lindsay Weirich. I thought that it looks quite easy to follow, and so I tried it.

I experimented using only Derwent Inktense Pencils, since I’m still not used to using Inktense.

It turned out that once I get to know the characteristic of Inktense, it’s not much different than using watercolour. I had so much fun doing this goldfish that I put more colours on the fish.


For those who want to watched the tutorial, this is the link: