This started out as a quaint little ocean scene and then turned into a bunch of fun gibberish in the end. Although I DO like how the ocean scene turned out with the water effects and all that. Last Rock Standing.
Just so y'all know, this isn't a paid promotion and no one sent me anything. ANYWAY, so I was curious and wanted to do a straight comparison as well as I could. I tried to match up the colours, but even with a 72 pc set, it was difficult to do (I tried by matching the lead colour and it was still pretty far off in some cases). Here's a summary, in case you're totally not into videos right now (I get you).
I feel a bit of a loyalty toward my buddy Prismacolor, just because of all the feels. Because it was on our pedestal for a long time until my mom gifted me this big set of them one Christmas in ...2001? Ish? Because I felt ignored and excluded for so many years and then one day she gave me such a generous & supportive gift and it was like a huge hand coming down from the sky to shake mine and wave hello-there. I see you. Because it came just a smidgen too late, and I wasn't even into pencil crayons anymore by then and so it's been a bit of a guilt totem - how she purchased this thing ($99 at the time) within a household where money was a Big Damn Deal and here I am 15 years later with the same original pencils, mostly unused.
But anyway. So much for "summary". What is this, a recipe blog?
My experience of Prismacolor (early millenium version):
Very smooth, thick layers
Easier to make muddy, gross colours by accident - maybe that's just me
Ink has trouble with it
Pretty serious wax bloom over time
Slightly cheaper, but not by very much.
I wanted to love these so badly. Of course, part of that reason is because someone like me, who hardly uses pencil crayon in any serious way, who has 72 pencils already to start with, WHO REALLY DOESN'T NEED MORE PENCIL CRAYONS RIGHT NOW, bought a set off of ebay spontaneously and a little recklessly. Oh well.
Everyone is like "oh, switch to oil based pencils - it's life changing!" So far I'm not feeling changed. For whatever reason, I was expecting something more similar to pastels. Or I was expecting pristine colour mixing. Something. Something that justifies a slightly higher price and FAR higher praise. Maybe I need to lower my standards. Or maybe I need to try it on construction paper. Or maybe I need to shoot for realism. I don't know. I wasn't staggered.
My initial experience of Polychromos:
Thinner, lighter, harder layers (surprise!)
I had a slightly easier time mixing "nice" colours
Can draw over it with ink!! (Nice!!)
No wax bloom to constantly wipe away (worth it)
Slightly more expensive, but not by very much.
Who is the winner? I don't know. Each one caters to their own art style. If you're into quick, vivid colours, go for Prisma (well, early millenium version anyway). If you're into gradual layering and mixed media applications, enjoy the Polychromos.
Have I missed out on anything here? Is there a special technique one or the other is good for that I might not know about? Let me know in the comments <3
New journals are in the shop! Both contain heavy cotton printmaking paper. The 2nd one, "Mountain" is a bit unique in that I wrapped the cover in kraft paper. I guess I've been digging kraft paper lately. Get them from the shop, and fill them with colourful studies! Or unforgettable memories!
I'm trying out the Polychromos and to be honest, I'm not noticing a huge difference between these and Prismacolor! These promise no wax bloom, since they are oil based and contain no wax, so that's a plus. Because they are oil based, I guess I was expecting something... smoother. Different. I was told they would layer better. I will have to do a direct comparison I guess. Is it fair, though, because I have an older version of Prismacolor?
Admittedly, I'm not particularly skilled with pencil crayons. They were just an accessible and tidy product for us to turn to when were in high school. Prismas were highly coveted in our youth. Using pencil crayons now, after years of watercolour is an exercise in patience! They're also meant for more textured papers than this flimsy kraft page. I'll have to test another surface to be sure.
I didn't see the supermoon this year, the weather is just too all over the place. There's too much work going on and I keep waking up every 30 minutes at night, and so as a result I sound a bit like a scatterbrained dingus in this video. I still like the blue one best.
My alone time is constantly dwindling so here's a quick entry from the found poetry journal. As I mentioned last time, it's not so much a writing project (I don't actually like the poetic result much) as it is a destroy-this-old-written-journal project. I just want to point out how super appropriate it is that the entry I tore up to make the poetry made mention of the Bush/Kerry election of 2004. It also made mention of a red gel pen that had exploded on my desk. This was pretty serendipitous. Though I can't say it is anything more than that since it was written during November of that year, so it isn't even a particularly spooky coincidence. Still! Perfect.
Coming up next, a couple of new sketchbooks for the shop. It's great to be able to crank out sketchbooks like this (provided I can scrape together the time to do it), and it's all because one store closed down and another store put up their entire stock on the perfect weight/size cotton printmaking paper on deep clearance. Otherwise, I don't know if I would be making journals at all. Hmm.
Pale, buttery yellow. This fish looks a little nervous. Pick him up in the shop! Fill him with beautiful pictures! Write him some comforting letters! Keep him and love him forever - this fish will never be flushed.
Just realized that I forgot to post about this! Had some fun building a simple colour wheel using watercolours. I printed a copy on my laser printer and used it to cover a new sketchbook, which is available in the shop! The printer doesn't do colours too accurately - it seems a bit too "blue" most of the time. The result is that the grey background turned out more navy. Combined with the light grey inside, it actually looks like a really classy sketchbook.
I also uploaded it onto Redbubble in case someone wants a sweet poster to refer to. They seem to get pretty big. They also have it in stickers, which go up to a foot wide! That's insane! I don't know where I would stick a foot-wide colour wheel, but I'm very tempted to find out. I love stickers.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?
Monday, June 5, 1pm PST