I saw a couple of tutorials on Saturday for the 'magic coloured pencil' technique, and also colouring with pencils and gamsol/sansador (which I'd heard of but hadn't a clue what either was - hadn't realised it was basically just an odourless white spirit!) Looked pretty straightforward so thought mmmmm I can do this!
I was desperate to have a go but didn't have the right equipment so improvised lol. Followed the instructions but used watercolours instead of coloured pencils and some cheap cotton buds I had knocking around!
The first pic is just printed onto normal paper so didn't work so well as there was quite a lot of pilling which is a shame as you can't build the colour up although I do like the more subtle effect - will have to try printing it on something else.
The second is on watercolour paper - just printed a pic off one of the online kids colouring pages and coloured it - just cheap watercolour pencils I got from poundland and used cotton buds instead of a paintbrush or anything. Works quite well but the buds are a bit thick for some of the more detailed areas and tend to hold too much water..... but for an experiment I'm thrilled with the result! It makes me look like a 'proper' artist almost :-) My mission now is to get some artist grade coloured pencils and some sansador, or odourless mineral spirit.... and maybe some blending stumps lol so I can play even more!! Might have to dig my oil pastels out too see if I can do anything with those too!
I'm absolutely amazed at the result I achieved, and will definitely be using the 2nd image on a card so watch this space :-)
I love these Sarah Kay images - takes me back to my childhood in the 70s when Sarah Kay and Holly Hobby were all the rage lolol