Monday, 7 March 2016

Experiments with Daniel Smith's Lunar Black watercolour

Lunar black mixes in my colour notebook   ©2016Lisa Le Quelenec
Lunar black sketchbook page ©2016Lisa Le Quelenec


Sketch I - lunar black ©2016Lisa Le Quelenec
Sketch II  - lunar black ©2016Lisa Le Quelenec

I treated myself to a new (to me) watercolour tube of paint on my last order ; Daniel Smith's Lunar Black. What a beauty! I am rather partial to colourful black watercolour as you know and have written about some experiments on the dark side before here and here. Whilst not what I would call a colourful black it does have the most beautiful granulating quality. These images show the first few sketches and tests that I have done using it. I'm still very much at the 'getting to know you' stage of the pigment, experiments so far show how difficult I found it to control the granulating properties but it is definitely a colour that I can see great potential in.......very, very, exciting. I think it will show it's true potential in large scale work and onsite sketching will be another place I use it as I make tonal studies. Time to play I think....

Sketch III lunar black mixes ©2016Lisa Le Quelenec


RH Carpenter said...

Very nice experiments. I love the Lunar colors from DS. You might try a warmer yellow with the Lunar Black to get an olive green shade? I bet that would work well. I like your sketches of the seascapes using this.

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Great idea Rhonda - I will give it a mix. I think I might have to treat myself to some more new paint colours! (Like I need any more... ;o) ) The granulations are so gorgeous and I love the unpredictability of it - very exciting!