Watercolor: Pencils vs Crayons vs Gel Sticks

Comparing Mediums Dry

One thing that I think stampers deserve credit for is a broad knowledge of a lot of different art mediums. Most of us don’t claim to be experts in most of the mediums we use, but we know at least a little bit about a lot of them! I think this is one of the things that keeps stamping interesting.

This week I am working on the next VSN eArticle, “Watercolor Crayon Techniques For Stampers”. In working on this eArticle, I found some similarities between this art medium and the art medium covered in the current VSN eArticle, “Gelatos, Gel-Sticks & Stamps”. So this morning before getting back to working on the new eArticle, I played around with three similar art mediums: watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons and Gel-Sticks.

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So What Is Gesso Anyway?

Gesso and Test Sheets

This afternoon, I did another experiment using the Strathmore Premium Cover white cardstock I purchased a few weeks ago, this time looking at how prepping it first with gesso changes the way a variety of art mediums behave on it. All of the art mediums I tested are commonly used by stampers: regular colored pencils, watercolor pencils, watercolor markers, archival pigment markers, watercolor crayons, pastel pencils, alcohol ink markers and Gel-Sticks/Gelatos.

My inspiration to play with this traces back to my most recent “Gelatos, Gel-Sticks & Stamps” eArticle. In researching the topic, I learned that you can improve dry blending of Gel-Sticks or Gelatos if you first prep the surface with a light coat of gesso. After I purchased the Strathmore Premium Cover but wasn’t happy with the way it takes colored pencils, I wondered if some gesso might make a difference. So today I gave it a try.

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VSN’s “Gelatos, Gel-Sticks & Stamps” eArticle Posted!

Gelatos, Gel Sticks & Stampss Cover

OK guys! It is time to get out your Gelatos and/or Gel-Sticks and PLAY! VSN’s newest FREE eArticle is now posted on the website: “Gelatos, Gel-Sticks & Stamps”.

Faber-Castell’s Gelatos and Gel Sticks are handy little sticks of pigment that can be used in a wide variety of ways in stamp projects. This eArticle explores these ways in detail so you can get the most out of them. We look at how Gelatos and Gel-Sticks are different, what comes in the package and suitable surfaces. Then we dive into the techniques.

Techniques include Prepping Surfaces and Using Faber-Castell’s Gelatos and/or Gel Sticks for: Coloring on a Stamp & Stamping (5 methods), Coloring in Stamped Images (2 methods) , Making Quick Backgrounds (3 methods), Heat Embossed Resists, Making Watercolor Paint, Making Spray, Coloring Dry Embossing (2 methods), Easy Monoprints, Using a Stencil to Remove Color, Using a Stencil to Blend Color, Mixing with Other Art Mediums (Gesso and Gel Medium), Strategies for Layering with Other Mediums.

65 half-sized pages designed to view comfortably on your computer screen and is also printable! (pdf version. See below right.) Color photos of technique steps. 18 beautiful stamp art examples of the techniques covered.

Read it Today. And if you enjoy it, please tell your stamping friends!

Nancie, VSN