ESQUISSE DE JOUR – 033 – ZOISITE

Today it was a testing turn for ZOISITE, another sample from PRIMATEK line of Daniel Smith‘s watercolors. This dark grayish green is a real treat for texture aficionados like myself.

PICTOGRAMAX - 2013 06 07 - ZOISITE

With lots of water granulation is really coarse (as seen in the upper part of background behind this civil-war-era gentleman), and with a bit more pigment it turns to tighter pattern (middle and bottom). I’m suspecting it might cooperate very well with TIGER’S EYE.

PICTOGRAMAX - 2013 06 07 - ZOISITE - LINEUS

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ESQUISSE DE JOUR – 032 – CHROMIUM

Started a new round of testing of Daniel Smith’s granulating pigments as several new tubes finally arrived. This time a joint venture of CERULEAN BLUE CHROMIUM and SODALITE. I love the calm pastel nature of CHROMIUM, as opposed to intense vibrance of Phthalo blues that are a bit oversaturated for my taste. This nicely granulated and somewhat subdued color works great for me. SODALITE seems to exhibit a finer-grained texture, but I will have to push it some more to really get to know it.

PICTOGRAMAX - 2013 06 06 - CHROMIUM

I washed them over the drawing made with SCABIOSA and I’m still amazed how it’s partial bleeding adds charm to the final result, blending with colors in a way I could never achieve deliberately. To these cooler tones it infuses a beautiful supplementary glow. I need to check how it might work with warmer tones, or greens, for example.

PICTOGRAMAX - 2013 06 05 - CHROMIUM - LINEUS

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