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post #1 of Old 11-13-2015, 12:50 AM Thread Starter
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Colored Pencil on Black Paper

I did a series of fall leaves last year for a commission. This is my method of getting Prismacolor to completely cover.

I used Frisket paper and cut out templates for the leaf shape. I then painted the base with Gesso and lightly sanded for a smooth surface. Removed the Frisket and started layering the color.








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Here's another technique I used a few years ago.......


















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They are beautiful. I've been doing a lot of black backgrounds lately and it is really amazing out the pictures pop out with the black behind it.

Love your leaves!
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I've never seen that done before, but it looks like it worked great. The shading on the second leaf is very realistic, but I kind of like how the first one looks like a botanical illustration.
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Simply amazing!
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Beautiful work, thank you for sharing these techniques.

Okay, I can do this,....I am an,....arrr, ....arrr,.....artist!

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That's really cool!!

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Hey Blue Angel, Thanks for showing that process. My mind is now spinning with new possibilities! But, being the Village Idiot here I didn't understand the full procedure.

Couple of questions: 1) What type of paper or canvas did you use?
2) Did you cut the Frisket paper, place it on the paper (or whatever) and then apply Gesso to the remaining surface? Was it black gesso or white? If white, you mentioned Prismacolor, was that a black pencil in which you colored the entire outside area with? If so, why not use black Gesso and skip a step?
3) After you're done do you use a fixatif?

Anyways, Blue Angel, thanks for showing your stuff.

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Hey Blue Angel, Thanks for showing that process. My mind is now spinning with new possibilities! But, being the Village Idiot here I didn't understand the full procedure.

Couple of questions: 1) What type of paper or canvas did you use?
2) Did you cut the Frisket paper, place it on the paper (or whatever) and then apply Gesso to the remaining surface? Was it black gesso or white? If white, you mentioned Prismacolor, was that a black pencil in which you colored the entire outside area with? If so, why not use black Gesso and skip a step?
3) After you're done do you use a fixatif?

Anyways, Blue Angel, thanks for showing your stuff.
Hi Sean.

I used a heavy artboard I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I used black. I did apply the frisket material then cut out the shape and used white Gesso. I even lightly sanded the dry Gesso with a fine grit sandpaper to get a smooth surface.

On the Maple Leaf, it was a first foray into drawing on black for me. I used a heavy white art board and spray painted the negative of the frisket, then peeled it off to expose the white underneath. Either technique worked well for me. I think I like using the white Gesso on black though.

I DID NOT use any fixative on either project.

Hope this answers your questions.
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