One of the frequent questions from my art class is, “Which art materials should I take with me on my holiday?” Now I have the perfect answer!
As I am a fan of sketch booking and painting ‘en plein air’, I was very excited to try out the new Winsor & Newton Water Colour Sticks & Markers. To look at, the Marker Pens reminded me of the Pantone markers from my old graphic design days, but there the similarity ends.
The colours are so rich in pigment, subtlety and depth; they really do resemble the range of colours you would expect from regular Winsor & Newton Watercolours. Likewise, with the Winsor & Newton Sticks, the colours are sublime.
The sticks are paper-wrapped which keeps it all clean and the slightly waxy finish makes the colour easy to apply, stopping the pigment from shifting onto your hands and disintegrating. The pens have a fine nib for detail and a really nice brush tip on the other end.
How Do The Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour Sticks & Markers Handle?
Applied dry to paper the Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour Sticks & Markers work just like a typical marker or pastel. But when sprayed with water or wetted with a brush, they come to life. With nice clean washes, it’s easy to layer up and blend colours without it all getting too muddy.
Sometimes the initial marks remain, which encourages you to be a little more considered in your mark-making and this might take some getting used to, but it does add to the charm and brings a little more depth.
Having a ragged, pastel-type line on rough watercolour paper, combined with a soft wash, brings a real interest to the work. The colours retain their vibrancy and can be worked over easily when partially dry, using the fine nib for details and the brush tip for sweeping layers of colour. You can also use the sticks dipped in water, for an instant paint effect.
Both the Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolour Sticks & Markers react as you would expect watercolours to, with nice wet edges and drying marks.
Combining other media also brings expected results. Sprinkling with salt gives a great textured pattern and working in some white gouache brings a lovely reaction from the wash and an added layer of opacity.
When To Use The Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolour Sticks & Markers?
Both the Winsor & Newton Water colour Sticks & Markers could be used as a great compliment to your usual watercolour painting and would add a greater range of marks and details to your work. For me, the beauty is in the simplicity; for an easy travelling paint kit, just add a Water Brush Pen to a basic range of Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour Sticks & Markers and you are good to go.
They work on sketchbook paper, as well as on watercolour paper and the colours are vibrant enough to work on darker coloured paper as well.
Did Alison Like The Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour Sticks & Markers?
Personally, I enjoyed using them for some speedy life studies, where I was mostly drawing with them, but could bring in a quick wash to add tone without getting too messy.
I will also be using them whilst out and about, for quick sketching on the train or for the times when I can’t take all my paints, but want to get a quick colour study down for a studio painting.
“As I usually work in Oils, Acrylics & Mixed Media, it’s kind of nice to get excited about Watercolours again”.
Thank you to Alison for reviewing the new Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour Sticks & Markers.
More About Artist Alison Orchard:
Alison Orchard is a Surrey based fine artist and art tutor. She runs Art Classes and Workshops that help to build your confidence as an artist and develop your own style. Working in Oil, Acrylic and Mixed Media, Alison feels strongly about working directly from the landscape and the figure. Her expressive brushstrokes capture the beauty and drama of our breath taking coastline, while the intuitive, confident line in Alison’s life drawing is one resulting from years of practice. Her life drawings successfully remain loose and vibrant with bold and flowing lines.
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