The Creative Plan – Day 4 Liquid Pencils


day3_exercise5By this stage I was feeling a bit defeated with this medium but I was determined to persevere. However, I was less focussed on doing something in my own style but instead wanted to unlock what Liquid Pencils are all about.

I picked a subject that I felt would lend itself to the character of this paint and I also took into consideration the results I had gotten from previous exercises. 

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I will confess that I had lost my patience with these paints and had low expectations that it could produce anything of real quality. Though I felt that even in these quick sketches of mine I could at least see possibilities or potential ideas when given more time.

The base colour was with Rewettable Grey 3 (I think) and let it dry. As per the “Fire & Ice” example from last week (see last post) I removed the paint with water from the lighter areas of the picture. Despite applying paint quite heavily I didn’t manage to pull that much off. Not having achieved what I wanted, I painted another layer but held off removing it till another day, letting it dry properly before working on it anymore.

First layer

The next morning I checked it and the lighter areas seemed more noticeable, not a whole lot more, but definitely had some shape to it. Knowing I wasn’t going to get any darker tones with the Liquid Pencil I used Winsor & Newton Indian ink instead. 

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After removing as much of the base layer with water, the darker brushwork was done with Indian ink.

To bring out the white areas more I attempted to use a Conte á Paris white pencil but it didn’t take to the paper so I finished it with some Golden Titanium White Acrylic paint. 

Finished off with acrylic paint.

I gave it as good as I got, my headspace had left the building by now, feeling this was somewhat of a carwreck. When I look at the finished piece I feel like the Liquid Pencil didn’t really contribute anything, let alone anything unique. My feelings were left with the belief that I could have achieved the same results without them.

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3 thoughts on “The Creative Plan – Day 4 Liquid Pencils

  1. Thanks for sharing your process with us. I love the final product. ❤️

  2. Thanks for the posts on these paints. I often wonder when I see new products how useful they will be. I think you have answered that pretty well. 👎. I think these days it’s as much about getting the punter to buy something new. I have way too many art supplies as it is, so I no longer feel the need to explore these ones.

    1. Thanks Leonie. I’m of the same mind when it comes to new products and when you ask the store what makes them so special or unique they dont really have an answer.

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