WHEEEEE! After several days of work I have generated a color test swatch for all of my watercolor paint materials. Reeves, Cretacolor and Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils, American Journey watercolor crayons, Pebeo, Pelikan Gouache, Cotman Travel, Yarka Kid and Professional pan sets. 201 samples in all…what a job! I agree with Carol, who mentioned that the samples posted earlier look like a work of art. That struck me right off the bat. Now that this is finished it seems even more so. The different size color blocks were not done intentionally to create something interesting but were driven by the “used” paper I had available and by the number of colors in a set. This board is now sitting in a west window…only a year to go!
One learning happened during the preparation for the test. I used similar materials together – for example, I generated the color blocks using my watercolor pencils on the same day and back to back. It is amazing how much I learned by using the materials like this. Three things particularly stood out. My Pebeo pan set (I believe made in France) was silky smooth and saturated…use that one more often! My Reeves and Derwent Inktense pencils dissolved more easily than my Cretacolor with Reeves (a cheaper set) having saturation and easy of use ALMOST equivalent to Inktense. Finally, I had to go over the swatches done with the crayons twice for many colors. The first patch often looked too light for testing…for the first pass I “colored” and then wet the sample. For the second layer, I used a wet brush to remove color from the crayon and then painted it on. For me, who struggles still with materials, this was all very valuable.