It was already sunny outside.
The other day my friend, artist Jacki Long, suggested I draw a face and make a collage out of it.
I started out by tiding up my art space and looking at faces in magazines.
I didn't want to tear a page out of my sketchbook, so I did the drawing using a pad of special paper.
It is a smooth and coated paper, something that would probably be good for making ink lines.
I used water-soluble crayons like these:
Then I drew a few faces with the crayons.
(I wasn't trying to be realistic)
Lately I've been covered the drawing with a wash of ink or watercolor, letting it drip down.
In the first one I drew just an outline of the face.
The watercolor wash erased most of the line.
Also I discovered that the watercolor dried very slowly on this kind of paper.
For the next one I drew a few more details, especially the eyes.
Then I put another wash over it.
This was more interesting, but the wash was supposed to be more pink and less Carrie.
Because the water dried so slowly, I thought of putting powdered pigment or salt on the next one.
Instead, I noticed that the watercolor crayons had a neat effect on the very smooth paper.
They acted less like crayons and more like oil pastels.
I drew more and more lines on the face.
I really like this oily effect, and just drew more lines instead of erasing it with water.
In the end I forgot about tearing it up to make a collage.
Maybe next I'll try another self portrait using the crayons and this paper.