Continuing with the autumn leaves theme I spotted a beatifully coloured leaf lying on the pavement on my way to work just waiting to be picked up, photographed and drawn. I scanned the leaf then printed it twice onto paper and cut around the leaf. Then using Markal Artists Paintstiks I applied the paint to the very edge of the cut out paper leaf, placed it on a sketchbook page and then using my finger dragged the paint off the paper leaf onto the page.
The cut out leaf acts as a stencil so that a crisp outline of the leaf is left behind on the page when the leaf is taken away giving a subtle graduation of colour. Markal Paintstiks are artists oil paint in stick form. I love them because they are so easy to use by applying the paint directly from the stick like a crayon and on almost any surface such as paper, card, canvas, natural or synthetic fabrics, wood. unglazed terracotta and plaster. I keep all my old toothbrushes to use with my Markal sticks, dragging the paint onto paper and fabric and blending colours together. They are also ideal to use as a rubbing stick by placing a textured surface under the fabric or paper.
The paintstiks are great to use on fabric as can be made permanent by leaving to dry and cure for 48 hours, then ironing as hot as the fabric will allow.
There is also a large colour range with 52 Professionals (non-iridescents) and 14 iridescents. You can see here the scanned image of the leaf too which I have attached to the page showing all those wonderful vibrant autumnal colours. I used Alizarine Crimson, Yellow Ochre, and Burnt Siena.