I thought I’d update y’all on what was going on in this thread. I ended up not getting the Cretacolor AquaMonoliths, because their color saturation and solubility, both, were not ideal.
I did go into the art supply store with a loaded waterbrush, though, and there were a large selection of aquarelles (watercolor pencils). I ended up getting a pack of Derwent Inktense aquarelle pencils. The cores are wide enough so that I feel like I should be able to cover a large area relatively easily. There’s this, and the fact that the Derwent Inktense blocks were about 3x as expensive as promoted on the store website.
What I was curious about, but passed on, were Caran d’Ache Supracolor aquarelles. It was really a draw between these and the Inktense pencils…both had good color saturation and good color dispersion, though I think the Supracolors were a bit better in regard to fine color dispersion.
What really caused me to choose the Inktense over the Supracolors is the fact that after the Inktense marks have been wetted and dried, they’re permanent from then on out, and won’t budge when worked over with other media, even other wet media.
I’m thinking of trying to get at least one or two other waterbrushes (a flat and a small round), considering that aquarelles really lend themselves to plein-air drawing. Waterbrushes store water in the handle of the brush and dispense it from the brush tip, enabling what feels like sketching without the need for a cup of clean water. It really blurs the line between painting and drawing.
I also saw the Daler-Rowney acrylic inks in person, and they look much better in front of one’s own eyes, than they do on a computer monitor. These were $7 a bottle, though, so I decided to hold off on purchasing a set until I know what colors, exactly, I want.
As regards ideas for the Special Projects class…I’ve gone back and am looking at the paper-folding mandala technique again. However, I’m thinking of going in a direction where I’d be utilizing my compass and divisions of 360°, in addition to (or instead of) folds within the structure of the paper. I think I need to play around with it more, though — not just think about it.