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The upper case letter R has such a beautiful form. I like how the straight stilt-like strokes seem to balance the bulbous shape and it reminds me somewhat of a pregnant woman. I wanted to accentuate the rounded shape, so I cut out the right side of the letter, exposing the page below. I was surprised to find that the stem of the R created a working kickstand for the journal.

I used water pastels for color, and stroked the color with a square foam brush to give it a chunky texture. The brush was wet, but not drippy, so I was able to apply the water with minimal buckling of the paper. Adding the water in this manner gives a smooth, streaky appearance with more intense color near the edges of the brush. The rounded form on the R inspired me to create spirals as a background pattern on top of the soft color, which adds a bit of contrast to show off the letter better

By Using a Damp Foam Brush, I was Able to Add Water to the Watercolor Pastels with Minimal Buckling of the Moleskine Sketchbook Paper.

By Using a Damp Foam Brush, I was Able to Add Water to the Watercolor Pastels with Minimal Buckling of the Moleskine Sketchbook Paper.

The Stem of the Letter R Makes a Workable Kickstand in my Moleksine Sketchbook

The Stem of the Letter R Makes a Workable Kickstand in my Moleksine Sketchbook

Detail of the Metallic Spiral Background.

Detail of the Metallic Spiral Background.

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