After looking at Nikita sat on the mantelpiece for the past 24 hours I realised she needed a lot more work and not just a few tweaks. She now has more contrast and shadow. I have done more work on her eyes, nose, mouth and hair and hope this is much better.
I saw this lavender coming into flower in Falkland last Sunday. While I had some other pictures drying out I did this 30 minute picture using Pastelmat and Zest-it. Size 21x19cm. I turned the stone wall into a fence and put more flowers on the lavender otherwise the rest is much as it was. The shadows have come out a bit heavy in the image and the grass is a little brighter in reality. Fun to try something different but landscapes are truly not my forte.
I have been racking my brains for tools to use with Zest-it. Up until now I have used bits of washing up sponge cut up into various shapes, cottonbuds which are really too fluffy, and spirit in a water brush which is good for detail and hair but still needs something firm to move the pigment. Today I bought some make-up sponges which are wedge shaped but not really firm enough. The little eye-make up sticks wtih sponges on each end are quite good but they are a bit short and the spongy bits keep falling off. I also bought some impregnated cotton pads for removing nail varnish and they move large areas of pigment but I don't know what lasting effect they may have on the paper. What I would really like are firm Colour Shapers that are absorbant, any suggestions?
I tried this new method of working on Fabriano paper without success so I will be sticking to Pastelmat.