- Gay McKinnon
- Hello, and welcome to my art blog from Tasmania, Australia. I've spent time as a plant geneticist, teacher's assistant, painter, glass artist and book illustrator. I'm usually in the studio, the classroom or the lab. If you'd like to see more, please try the links to my folio page or email me at email@example.com. Thank you!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
While wandering dazed through the cavernous realm of Eckersleys Art Supplies in Brisbane this week, I stumbled on a product called Liquid Pencil by Derivan. It's a sludgy, grey ink that can be applied with a brush and dries looking exactly like pencil. I stood in front of it for, oh, about five minutes in mini-crisis. Was it a gimmick? Did I really want pencil in a bottle? On the other hand, could this be the product I needed to catapult me to a higher plane artistically? In the end my inner child won and I took it home to play. (After paying for it, of course!) It actually is enormous fun. If (like me) you like pencil drawings but (also like me) you're dead lazy - I mean efficient - and dislike spending hours doing graduated shading, this stuff can tone drawings in a flash and works well with actual pencil line. Here's a piccy where I used it as a wash, drybrushed it on, and flicked it. They're not paying me to write this. No sign of the higher plane yet but I'll keep using it and see what happens.