Summer Flourish | Daler Rowney AquaFine Watercolour First Impressions

Summer Flourish | Daler Rowney AquaFine Watercolour First Impressions


Hello, and welcome back to Jenna Gets Creative!
Today we’re doing ScrawlrBox. This is the June 2019 ScrawlrBox. That means it was mailed
out in mid June. We got it in July. They intend for us to work on it in July. So it’s watercolour
theme, because July is watercolour month. Obviously you can hear there’s nothing in
this box, I’ve already opened it. It’s watercolours! Let’s go have fun! ScrawlrBox #46, June 2019.
This is watercolour month, so the focus is on watercolour. Our featured artist, beautiful
print. The featured artist is Joana Fi. You can pause at the part where I show it off
and flip it over, read her information, and check out her Instagram. So I will read off
of the info card, and then I will talk about the supplies, my impressions, the pieces I
did. Yes, I did say pieces, plural. I didn’t like my first one, so I did a second one,
but I will talk more about that in just a sec. Let’s read the card. So first off, the
blurb at the top, it says: “It’s the start of summer and this month we want you to welcome
in the season with some bright colour washed. Use the supplies inside this box to add a
little natural flourish to your artwork. Bring the outside in, or better yet, take these
supplies outside and get inspiration directly from the lush greens and blooming colours
appearing in the natural world around you. ScrawlrTip: We haven’t included a fineline
pen this month, so instead try using the colour pencils to outline your work and add details
to the watercolour.” First up, they gave us the “Daler Rowner Aquafine Travel Set. This
handy pocket-sized watercolour set from Daler Rowney features 12 half pans of Aquafine colour
and a travel brush. The palette offers 3 mixing sections on the lid and two reservoirs on
either side of the half-pans for water or further mixing. Aquafine colours are rich,
free-flowing transparent colours with excellent tinting strength and working properties that
reliably produce beautiful, delicate washes. Made from a selection of modern high-quality
pigments milled to offer optional performance and control, this is a great watercolour set
for use at home or on the go.” The suggested retail price in British pounds sterling is
£12.50. As per usual, I will have the supply list down below, with the British price as
well as the converted price to Canadian (CAD) and American dollars (USD). I compared it
to my Winsor & Newton Cotman traveler 12 pan set, because at first glance it is very similar.
The Winsor & Newton one has more greens and it a has a white. This one has… It gives
us four browns, and that’s a third of the palette. That’s a lot of real estate in this
palette. It does have the little, mini paint brush. It is a round size 4, and unlike the
mini paint brush that came in the Cotman, this is a one-piece brush. The brush in the
Cotman, the handle is in two pieces and the end of the handle is a cap to put over the
brush and that means when you assemble it it gets to be a bit longer than the case would
otherwise allow, but mine is damaged. It won’t go together, so I’ve never used it. So a plus
for the Daler Rowney, the brush is in one piece! But overall this palette does not win
out over the Winsor & Newton, if you ask me. The paints do activate very nicely. They’re
very soft, ready to go. You really don’t have to wet them and let them sit. You can work
with them straight away. But I found they’re a lot more like a gouache than a really good
translucent watercolour. If you try to just pick it up straight off the pa with a wet
brush, you’re going to get very opaque pigment. You do really have to water it down and make
a wash if you want any form of transparency. Unlike the Winsor & Newton Cotmans, where
you’re going to get transparency unless you really really build it up. I also found that
it re-activates so well on the paper, even after it’s dry. I was using my hair dryer
in between layers to make sure it was really, really dry. It re-activates and mixes. It’s
hard to get any sort of fine details if you’re going to do that in layers like I had planned
to do with the first piece, which is why it didn’t turn out to my liking. I’ll talk more
on that. Let’s get through the rest of the card. We have two “Faber Castell Polychromos
Pencils. Polychromos colour pencils are valued internationally by professional and amateur
artists alike for their superior quality. The high-quality acid-free pigments offer
excellent lightfastness and have a soft, vibrant colour lay-down. They are oil based as opposed
to being wax based like other pencils which makes them water-resistant and smudge-proof.
The high quality standard of the Polychromos always shine through in your artowkr.” So
the two they gave us are 168 Earth Green Yellowish, and shade 176 Van-Dyke Brown. This is a nice
compliment to the set, especially being one of these is green and we only have one green
in the paint palette. I kind of wish they’d given us maybe two greens, or something completely
different, rather than a brown, considering a third of the paint palette is brown. Next
up on the card: “Staedtler Noris Erasable Coloured Pencil. If you have ever tried to
erase colouring pencil lines you may have found it difficult, but this pencil has a
specially formulated lead which makes this possible. Now you can make your initial sketches
in something a little more subtle than a standard graphite pencil and not have the lines show
through in your final work. Keep your sketches light and use the eraser tip to lighten your
lines or remove anything you don’t need and you should really enjoy using this pencil.”
It looks like a standard Staedtler pencil, other than the fact that the lead itself is
red. So this is Staedtler’s version, basically, of PrismaColor’s Col-Erase pencils, and I
did compare this directly with the Col-Erase red. Very comparable. It’s a slightly lighter
shade, but it erases just as well as the Col-Erase, which is not completely. You’re never going
to get it completely off the page. So don’t press too hard with it! But yeah, very good.
I did do all of my sketching with this pencil in both pieces. I followed the rules! And
of course, we got a “Uni POSCA Ultra-Fine Marker Pen. The POSCA ultra fine paint marker
from Uni is a vibrant, super versatile water-based marker. It’s highly pigmented in is fade-proof
and water resistant. It’s also permanent and bleed-proof on paper and card. The ultra fine
nib of the white pen we have included is perfect for adding small highlights and little white
details to your work to add those all important finishing touches to your work. The versatility
of the Posca has made it internationally popular with the artistic community and we know you
will love it too.” Suggested retail price is £3.20, and yes, I do love it. I’ve had
some experience with acrylic markers at this point from various inclusions in subscription
boxes plus a set of Daler Rowney markers that I bought at Walmart. This is my first actual
Posca one, and it’s the finest nibbed one I’ve ever seen, and I love it! I love it so
much. I’m so glad to finally have it. And it’s white, which is perfect, because sometimes
you want to put a white highlight on something and you want something a little more permanent
than a gel pen. And last but not least, the included paper. We have “Langton Prestige
Watercolour Paper 300gsm. A superior-quality watercolour paper manufactured using 100%
cotton, the highest quality material for paper making. Made traditionally on a cylinder mould
machine, the paper features a natural whiteness with a soft touch and distinctive texture.
Acid-free, with an alkali reserve to preserve finished pieces of wok and protect against
discolouration.” They did not tell us a suggested retail price for that. As usual, these are
A5 size pages because that’s what fits best in ScrawlrBox’s box. I did use both sheet,
because again, I did two pieces. I really like it. It’s comparable in performance to
Bee Paper Company’s rag cotton watercolour paper, which I really love. Before I decided
that I disliked the first piece enough to go ahead and do a second, I put this in my
drawer on top of my Bee Paper Company paper, and I was thinking I’m going to have to use
this soon before I forget that it’s NOT Bee paper! The ScrawlrChallenge this month is
“Summer Flourish.” At first I’m like okay, well I’ll take this quite literally and I’ll
do something floral, but I don’t want to do something just floral, so let me go see what’s
on Pixabay. Found a gorgeous photo of a couple of Friesian horses in a field. Zoomed in to
reference one of them. So I have a Friesian cantering, and behind the Friesian I have
some orchids, because I love orchids. First I did a green to yellow gradient background.
That worked out really well. Watering this paint down does really work well. It does
washes nicely. The orchids kind of turned out like an underpainting. I really struggled
to build up detail on them. And then the horse itself… Like I said, I went in to this thinking
I was going to do a realistic horse, and so I was going to work in a lot of layers, and
as I let it dry, as I went in again and tried to do more, the dry layers would re-activate
completely and mix. It really ended up being like working with cheap gouache. It was not
allowing me to add detail. It was not accepting different colours on top. It was just all
blending together and making mud. So I embraced it. I made some really, really dark details
with that payne’s grey, and then I went in and added some unrealistic colour highlights
with the Faber-Castell pencils, and put a little bit of highlights in with that Posca
pen. You don’t see it on camera because I did it after, but I ended up going back over
with the brown pencil and kind of toned those down a bit on the horse so they aren’t so
in your face. But… yeah. Wasn’t super happy with that, so I decided to make a second piece.
To start with, I masked off the border of my page, and then I broke out one of my big
round colour wheel mixing palettes and I made washes of just about every colour in the palette,
and just had fun dipping the colour into random spots on a wet page. Made this really trippy,
out-there 70s, hippie, very very pink tie-die kind of effect. And then I’m like okay, what
other way can I interpret the word “flourish” that’s not just doing another flower on top
of this? And knowing that it doesn’t like a whole lot of layering, it’s got to be simple.
So I decided to to a butterfly, and I was doing the butterfly I’m like hey, let’s do
some more galaxy type technique on it. And I’m like hey, that looks pretty cool, and
hey I still have to use that Posca pen, so I put some stars on him and did some “wishing
stars” and some regular stars. The ones with the eight points, that’s what I’m calling
the “wishing stars,” because that’s what I’ve always called them because of the star that
Pinocchio makes a wish on in the Disney animated Pinocchio. Random. So I like the second piece
a lot more. It still looks pretty illustrative. Obviously I wasn’t going for realism with
the second one, knowing how these behave. It’s a nice practise travel set. I’ll definitely
hang on to this Daler Rowney watercolour set. It’s not going to be my go-to for finished
pieces in general. Maybe for underpaintings, but mostly this is going to be like a practise,
playing around set, and then once my daughter’s old enough for “big girl” paints, this’ll
go to her. So yeah, it’ll get used. If you’re new here, please do subscribe and ring the
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to ScrawlrBox or any other subscription box? Let me know what your experiences have been.
Did you get this box in particular? What did you think of the Daler Rowney watercolour
palette? What did you think of the erasable coloured pencil from Staedtler? That’s really
cool. And if this was your first time working with Polychromos pencils, what’d you think
of those? They’re one of my favourite things ever. I love them! And was this your first
Posca pen ever, because it was my first Posca pen ever, and I love it! I’m so excited. But
yeah, thanks so much for watching, and I will see you again on Tuesday. Bye guys!

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