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I am testing my  watercolours; types and shades


I have already told you (several times – yes, I know!), that I haven’t been drawing for almost 30 years – AND regarding watercolours: I am a novice. So there is much – VERY MUCH – for me to investigate.

Today I have been especially interested in the two colours Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna, and how they would blend and mix. As you can see from the test below I am testing two brands of colours; Van Gogh and Windsor & Newton


The Van Gogh colours are very “juicy” and delicious, but they thereby also have an inclination to dominate – as if they are fighting for attention.

To test colours on something other than a grid, I drew this quick sketch of a kind of imaginary renaissance structure (loosely based on Santa Maria Novella – making everything very easy …?).

This is what I wanted to test

  1. The difference between sketching with permanent ink and colour pencil
  2. The difference in colour tone and intensity between watercolurs from pans and watercolour pencils.



As I see it: my sketch is much more interesting when done in pen than in colourpencil – but: The heavy black linework is disturbing, and darkness should instead be added by darker shades of colour.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Rio says:

    I don’t find the black lines disturbing but maybe you can add them after laying down the watercolour? All blues are very insistent! I remember experimenting with the glazes and extenders for acrylic paint they started coming out with (20 years ago! I gave up oils because of the solvents making me ill) and even when I used the smallest, teeny tiniest amount of blue it still managed to stretch in a sort of fabric-like threadiness for miles. Have you tried different weights of paper? It can make a big difference to what you can do with watercolours.
    And I love what you are doing! I have started to play around with paint again, you have inspired me. I am not showing anything however. I am a coward!

    1. Sigrun says:

      oh – but I would love to see!

      Have you noticed the wonderful Urban Sketcher blog, or visited Sketchbook Skool

      Regarding paper – I have tested a few sketchbooks and am currently working in an Alpha by Stillman & Birn (, I like it because its good both for writing and drawing and even a bit of watercolour.

  2. Wow, very interesting how…scientific (?) you are in developing the skills and analyzing what you want for outcomes.

  3. Sigrun says:

    I think this is my preferred mode of meeting things new to me – reading, writing or … sketching. The researchers way I guess … ?


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