Desert Highway in Watercolor Creams


Artwork: Zebra PM-701 & Brea Reese Watercolor Creams on Hahnemühle Cold-Press Expression watercolor paper

On Sunday, I shared a painting I did using Brea Reese watercolor Inks that I won a while back. Actually the prize package I won had several items – the watercolor inks, metallic pens, a waterbrush, and the watercolor creams that I used to color today’s artwork.

Watercolor creams? I wasn’t sure what they were either.

You may be familiar with Faber-Castell’s Gelatos or Ranger’s Distress Ink Crayons. These are similar.

They are sort of a cross between a watercolor and an oil pastel. A waxy stick that you apply to paper like a crayon, leaving a thick layer of color.

Then you use water and brush to spread the color or you can just mash it into the paper with your fingers.

It’s honestly not my favorite method of coloring. Nothing against the medium itself – we just don’t speak the same language. Still it’s fun to try something different once in a while. I’m wondering if these would be good for sgrafitto.

4 comments

  1. They look creamy. I wonder how it would work using a brush to get colour from the sticks, and then painting with it, rather than putting the cream on the paper first. (or did I misunderstand?) I tried that with w/c crayons, and it worked quite well. I like your desert highway.

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