Wednesday 4 July 2012

Red dahlia

This is a little experiment I did yesterday. Over the years I have accumulated a number of canvases of various sizes, always intending to do some acrylic painting....needless to say I never got around to it. I decided to use one of the smaller canvases to see what I could do with coloured pencil and solvent. Found a lovely photo of a beautiful red dahlia and proceeded to play (which makes a nice change),

Here is the result, which I quite like.

Size: 5" x 7"
Materials: Prismacolour pencils dissolved with Low odour solvent on canvas.

 I have carried the image around the edges.


  1. This is beautiful! I love the idea of using coloured pencil on canvas - I've got some lying around that I should try this on myself!

  2. Wonderful! I do colored pencil, but never tried it on canvas. I will give this a try.

  3. Thanks Jess and Barbara. CP on canvas looks awfull by itself, but once you put on a solvent, it takes on another whole dimension. Well worth a try.

  4. Thats a really great idea Bev .... it will be interesting to know how the colour/surface holds up without fixing or putting under glass so perhaps you can update us in a few months' time (assuming you haven't sold it by then of course) :-)

    I've been reading Nicole Caulfield's Blog posts about Spraying varnish onto cp works (but doesn't work for Polychromos) to avoid having to glaze pictures.

  5. Hi Sue, yes I will do that. I have decided to enter it into UKCPS exhi with Pauline's prompting so I will definitely be varnishing it, so we will see how well it stands up to being unframed. I think a lot Americans go down this route, Ester Roi for one, I know uses glassless framing: You can find a Tutorial here:

  6. looks fine, and great idea;)
    I also want to be able to exhibit without all the glass-framing-fuzz and did some experimenting this week.
    It is another process, but I believe it will work for cp too - at least I intend to try it out. You can read about it here (my example is for watercolorpaper):

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  7. This looks good Bev, especially as you were just 'playing'! I prefer pictures when they are wrapped around the canvas frame like you have done, it gives the print a continuity feel to it.

  8. Every one need to always think positive, a little thing can make us great, someone happy, or something special, you have proved that by this small but attractive canvas print, it's looking great, i don't have more word in it praise, good creativity keep it up & thanks for sharing with us.

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