Wednesday 19th August 2015

by chel
mandala with Tombow markers and Irojiten pencils

mandala with Tombow markers and Irojiten pencils

A while back I watercolored a mandala from “Color Me Calm” with Tombow markers and finished the details with Irojiten color pencils.

It’s not my favorite project, by far, but it was fairly fun and quick to work on and I wasn’t too indecisive about what colors should go where (which is sort of my achilles heel when I do watercoloring…)

I love Tombow markers, as I have mentioned before. Several years ago, my parents got me an entire set for Christmas. I was kind of afraid of them for a long time, but then I started using them a little bit with stamps, and using them as watercolor, and I discovered they are just amazing and one of my favorite art supplies to use.

Here’s a color chart, for those interested (you can click the image to make it larger and see the numbers, in case you are interested in the marker color numbers):

Tombow Marker Palette

Tombow Marker Palette

Whenever I get any sort of art supply that involves colors, I ALWAYS break the set apart and re-order the colors according to the way I use and see them. The only exception to this has been the Irojiten pencils, which came in color families that, while they didn’t make sense as far as the rainbow, look so beautiful I couldn’t bear to rearrange them. (I tried. Twice. Both times I wound up putting them back into the color families…

Thanks, as always, for stopping by to see what I’m up to!

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hello!

I’m Chel (pronounced “shell”, short for “Michele”).

I’m a visual artist, writer, gardener, art historian, long-distance swimmer, crochet-er, movie watcher, animal lover, and avid reader.

I’m also a (newly) practicing Buddhist, studying online at Sravasti Abbey.

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– I have an eleven year old daughter named Grace and a husband named Tom.
– I grew up on Long Island, NY, went to college/grad school in Atlanta (Emory University) in the 1990’s, and now I live in Southwest Florida.
– I’m incredibly shy but I adore my friends and family.
– I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 30 years and I love animals of all kinds- we have four rescue cats, three parrots, and an elderly gecko and we raise butterflies.
– I swim five miles every day- rain, shine, storm, or travel.
– I was born with Spina Bifida, and swimming keeps me healthy and sane.
– When I’m not in the pool, I’m in my art studio, with a hot cup of tea.
– I am REALLY BAD at answering email, and I hate the telephone, so I apologize in advance for being hard to reach. (Told you I was shy…)

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