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From the start of 2015, diary items will be transferred here from the front page of the site as they are overtaken by new items.
Obviously some items will be time sensitive and will be quickly out of date, but it may prove useful to readers who wish to look back on some of the comments and links from the recent past
DIARY ITEMS BROUGHT FORWARD
Site Statistics tell me that visitor count for December took us over 18,000 unique visits for the month with the average visitor looking at 2.5 pages. The interest in ‘Topics’ sees us with a 50% increase in visitors on 2013. Thank you to all those readers in the UK and elsewhere in the world.
I do have some plans to extend and revise ‘Topics’ in the coming months, but for the moment I have put plans for video clips of demonstrations on ice.... There are some excellent demos on You Tube and it seems pointless duplicating them.
I am open to suggestions and requests for Topics. Just get in touch through the contact address
Granthams Art Discount (UK) have boxes of 72 Derwent Inktense on sale at £62 -
May not be the cheapest offer on the internet, but certainly the cheapest I have seen
Tuesday 6th January 2015
A couple of Emails yesterday -
Both the UKCPS in the UK and the CPSA in the States support local groups or Chapters of members, but it crossed my mind that there is little support for isolated pencil artists who are not members (yet) of these societies -
It is of great benefit to get together -
Wednesday January 7th 2015
Wednesday January 21st 2015
A reader of this site from the Netherlands draws my attention to a painting and Drawing Forum
( in Dutch) which has a number of Coloured Pencil users.
(Translates as ‘Painting etc )
Any readers elsewhere in the world who know of similar forums in different languages are welcome to let me have details and I will post up a list here on the Topics site when I have collected a few.
The readership figures are in for January this morning and we have broken another record
Visitor numbers reached a new peak of 16866 for the month of January.
Not quite breaking the 17,000 level that I had secretly hoped for, but still an amazing number of people looking for information.
and to think that in our first month -
Thanks to all for your support
Sunday February 1st 2015
There has been quite a bit of ‘housekeeping’ on the site in February -
The subsidiary pages have been slightly widened to allow better for the navigation panels which need to be quite big in some cases. This has led to a number of small but niggling layout problems which
What I thought would be a small task has turned out to be a big one, but I can now concentrate on the Knuston Course on March 20th -
Saturday February 21st 2015
Another course completed -
Several bookings forward for the September one so I must be doings something right !
We looked at two new areas which will feature on the Topics pages once I get organised…….
The working of watercolour pencil (dry) over a foundation of pastel pencil, on cartridge paper. It works well and the two media combine happily.
The other area, which is still under examination, is the working of a picture on Polydraw drafting film where you work on both sides of the film over a background worked on paper. Three separate layers of a picture. Needs planning and I want to sort out the essential techniques before I post anything here. I will keep you advised in the diary of any progress
Monday 23rd March 2015
Sunday March 22nd 2015
TONAL COMPARISON CHARTS
I was asked during the course just run, to identify where the colour tone charts had disappeared to which were published here on the site several years ago. They were very useful, it seems !
I couldn’t immediately say where they were hiding and have since found them lurking in the Allerford Step by Step where they first featured. ( Allerford page 3 )
I have copied the data and the link to the PDF to the colour matching page as well, so there are now two chances of finding them.
Possibly Colour Matching is the best place after all !
Thursday 28th April 2015
The French language web magazine ( ‘Webzine’ )
celebrated five years of publication last November and those of you who are fluent in French may enjoy the great content of this very professionally produced periodical with over 60 pages of content.
We have now agreed with the Editorial Team at Crayons De Couleur that we may translate and re-
Thursday 14th May 2015
We now have two of the Crayons De Couleur step by step tutorials posted on the site here
The latest is of a kitten using mainly Caran D’Ache Pablos and some Prismacolor pencils on Cartridge paper
17th August 2015
Our friend, and one of Coloured Pencil’s Top USA tutors, Ann Kullberg, has supplied us with a free sample of the first stages of one of her tutorial exercises. We have always had a link from the site here to Ann’s web site in the States, but have now established a more solid link with a full page giving details of the different types of support she gives to those who want to learn CP -
Have a look at the ‘Ann Kullberg Tutorials’ page for more.
Tuesday 4th August 2015
I have completed the first stage of my marathon test of papers and posted up the results of the wax and oil based pencils.
Just 15 tests of papers from my stock cupboard -
After a pause for breath, I will make a start on the watercolour paper / pencil tests later this year.
See the SURFACES section and the new pages that follow
OILS AND WAXES USED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF NON SOLUBLE COLOURED PENCILS
10 years ago, when I first started to write notes about coloured pencils, I did a lot of research from books and the Internet. Sometimes it was difficult to get information as manufacturers guarded the data as a trade secret, sometimes the information I read in books was incorrect.
A reader of Pencil Topics recently asked about oils and waxes in pencils and it moved me to do some checking whether the notes I had written were correct. I have now set up a new page in the ‘Wax type’ section called ‘WAX or OIL?’ Which gives the current position -
If you are a manufacturer and you are prepared to help me clarify the subject further, I will welcome your input.
In the meantime I am carrying out some revisions to topic content where and when I notice they are required.
Oils and waxes are also used in watercolour pencils but because the process then usually involves the use of water, the matter of wax bloom does not arise
Readership of Pencil Topics Website
October 16th 2016 Update on site statistics
I have been watching the site readership figures rise quite considerably over recent weeks and it seems clear that what I thought was simply a peak in the graph is now turning out to be a major step up. Since 10th September, daily visitor numbers have risen from the 700 a day level to the 1,200 a day level, and the trend continues, so that the actual visitor count for the last 30 days is now approaching 35,000.
I have looked into where the rise is coming from, as I get a breakdown of visitors by country ( the only problem being that the figures for the USA are give state by state, so I would have to do some major adding up to find the actual figures for the USA).
This gives me no clue, as the rise seems to be across the board and percentage readership by country is pretty much the same for the last 30 days as for the year -
This is good news if a little puzzling ! Why should I suddenly see nearly double the number of people logging on to Topics?
The same pages get the same proportion of readers -
There are a lot of references on the site to ‘20,000 plus readers’ and this is still valid -
I will leave the quote standing for the present and see what happens over the next 30 days ………………..
19th AUGUST 2016
HARD PASTEL STICKS
Users of Derwent Pastel sticks are advised to stock up while this product is still available.
Derwent say the product is being discontinued,
but I see that Amazon and several other Internet retailers still list stock.
If you use and like this product
take advantage while there is still stock available
Other manufacturers still making similar products
are Caran D’Ache, Faber Castell and Cretacolor.
NEW PASTEL PENCIL COURSES
with Peter Weatherill
Introduction to Pastel Pencils
on Saturday November 5th 2016
There is a further single day course on Friday May 19th 2017.
This is followed immediately by a two day weekend course starting on the Friday evening of May 19th ( you can book these two together if you wish)
Some accommodation is available for those who need to travel, but the day courses start at 9.15am and finish around 4-
All materials necessary will be loaned / supplied.
Contact Knuston Hall, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire on
(UK) 01604 362200 if you are interested
for those new to pastels and pastel pencils
19th October 2016
MARCO RAFFINE and MARCO RENOIR wax type pencils
I have had several questions asked about these two brands of coloured pencils.
They are manufactured in China and UK buyers appear to have their pencils shipped from China.
The RAFFINE brand are low cost, white wood and minimally packed in a simple cardboard wrap pack.
There is a set of 72 ( and smaller collections ) which retails (Oct 2016 ) in the UK for around £20.
Reviewers seem to be surprised how good they are for the cost and assess them as a good student brand. No colour names on the pencils or pack, and no indication of lightfastness.
The Marco RENOIR pencils are a much better option with cedar wood used and a thicker core. Pencils are presented in a layered tin box. Reviewers report them to handle well and to be softer and oil based. No lightfastness indication and again no colour names on the pencils. UK price through Amazon is of the order of £50 for the largest collection of 100 colours. At 50p a pencil you may not worry that single replacement colours do not appear in any listing.
At these prices they would be attractive for beginners. I would welcome reader reviews.
7th November 2016
INTERNATIONAL OPEN EXHIBITION 2017
CALL FOR ENTRIES
United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society
Exhibition Venue: Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU.
☎ 01207 407 3222
Details: Sixteenth Annual International open submission exhibition for all artists. Work must be original in concept, design and execution.
The artist must demonstrate compositional and drawing skills and the ability to use coloured pencil. Entries must not have been shown in any previous UKCPS exhibition. Each work must comprise at least 50 per cent dry coloured pencil; the remaining 50 per cent of the work may, if preferred, contain less than 50 per cent of any other medium. Awards include Best in Show, £400; Reserve best in show, £300;
Best pure coloured pencil, and President’s Award. Up to two works may be submitted at a fee of £20 per work.
Online submission at www.ukcps.co.uk/london2017. For full details, go to www.ukcps.co.uk.
Exhibition dates: April 25th to May 6th 2017
Closing date for online entries: February 3rd 2017
Contact: If unable to submit online, send sae for entry form to Liz Ridley, 63 Hilden Park Road, Hildenborough, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 9BW, tel:01732 834335. Exhibition queries to:email@example.com.
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