My field kit had become slimmed down to fountain pen and water. Over this year, walking through the local fields, and, shown here, on holiday in Italy, I have expanded it once again.
I now use watercolour and conte crayon in varying order, lastly using a black brush pen to accentuate shadows.
One objective is to create contrasts between opaque and transparent layers. Another is to play with the crayon as a resist – the watercolour falls off it or collects in fractal shapes on its surface making interesting textures. Conversely, grinding the crayon into wet colour builds deep interesting opaque patterns, sometimes lifting the paper to leave white highlights with adjacent ridges that catch subsequent strokes of deeper pigment.
Sometimes this works, often not.
In doing this, I have noticed that my compositions are often built of flat layers; rectangles of fore, mid and background like a sponge sandwich cake seen from the side.