What are… WATERCOLOR CREAMS?
YouTube is not the career I thought I would go in as an artist, But I am very thankful because it means I get to try weird art supplies. I recently went back home to Tennessee for American Thanksgiving in while I was at Target- My gosh. Do I not miss Target? …I found these art supplies called “Watercolor Creams. TM.” I saw these and I couldn’t help but think
“I love watercolour. I want to try these but also what the heck is creams?” These are metallic colors. I didn’t see any regular ones. This particular Target didn’t have any. Let’s take a look at the back of the package. We have “Instructions:
Draw directly onto your porous surface.” And it shows here you can draw you can paint or you can draw an paint. I’m excited. I’ve never heard of this brand before. So let’s just get into looking at these and swatching and testing because I love a good swatch. So here we have our twelve colors and we have an inspiration guide for our watercolor creams. That’s exciting! So exciting I spiked the audio. Wow. These have a very interesting smell. Like it smells very much like my childhood… If that makes any sense. I suspect that these will be a very thick sort of pastel-y supply. And taking a look at our inspiration and instruction guide we have a few tips and tools you can use and they have a list of techniques. So you can smudge it with your finger, draw directly with the cream itself, draw and then paint with water on top of it, extract the supply and then use it to paint with your brush. You’ve got a paper towel, So I guess you put down the color and then put a paper towel on top to lifts in the color to create texture. The watercolor creams on wet paper. Flattering and then stamp. So it’s really cool. They give you some ways to use these. Fun stuff. Well heck. I was going to say let’s go ahead and starts swatching and then I saw that they actually have a color theory and guide on how to mix colors. This is amazing. I think this is really fun and a nice way to help maybe beginner artists in making stuff. That being said, I’m really excited to swatch these so let’s get into it. Okay, let’s get to swatching these. I am super excited to just even see how they feel. I mean, this is a very weird and interesting art supplies. Watercolor creams. What’s happening? All right. Well, there are no names for these colors, So let’s name them as we go. Oh! Sorry, it was just very… slippery and like wet and strange. Okay interesting. So this is going to be “Pee Yellow”, obviously. Oh my gosh, okay. Maybe you don’t press down so hard. This is… “It’s a fruit orange.” This is going to be “Another fruit red.” “Your ass is grass” Green. “I love a good teal” teal. I really do like that color though. Oh now, I’m really curious about mixing colors. Can I make a Dookie green? We’ll have to try. “On brand blue” because you know… My my brand is blue. I’m going to call this one “I’m not going to say I hate purple in this video” purple. I’m going to name this one “Kasey Golden.” This one is definitely named “Poop” or “Bronze.” You tell me. “You tried” silver. “Deep Space Gray.” And “My teeth are made of pearls” white. So my apologies for the lighting. I am testing out new lighting with my setup so you can see they’re are a lot more darker than the reflective light shows. So there are our colors. Now I’m going to play around with adding water to these and seeing how they work. And also maybe I’ll do a little bit of mixing and see if we can’t come up with our own colors and see how they work inside of something like a palette. But we’re gonna have fun with it. So, let’s see what happens if we just get our brush wet and then add it… Okay, so it’s not activating quite as quickly as I thought it would. It looks like you might have to maybe work it a little bit but it’s not very pigmented so that’s a little concerning. Yeah, the pigments not great. Definitely better on the orange than the yellow. This is just a very interesting alternative, I guess, to watercolors. It’s just I’ve never had such a thick application, I suppose, of the watercolor. We are getting a lot of ghosting also, which is a little unfortunate but… sometimes that’s just how it is. I do like that the metallic color is just a little more subtle. It’s not like in-your-face metallic, which is nice. I’m not a huge fan of metallics. So it’s not like crazy metallic, but you can definitely see a little shine there. Really loving these cool colors. The green the teal and the blue are all very nice. Something to think about as you use a new art supply is the best way to use them and kind of work around the way they are, I guess..? So yeah, it doesn’t seem like they came off the paper very well But the pastel once you add it the water was really nice. So… something to keep in mind. Next up. I want to try mixing our own colors in a palette. So I really want to make like a Dookie green color because as you guys know, I love SAP green. So I’m just going to get some of this color in here And then add water I guess or something. Ooh I just realized do you twist this to get more? Ooh! It’s like a lipstick. Interesting. I feel like I haven’t used an art supply like this since I was a kid, so this is kind of fun to sort of revisit something like this. So, let’s see. I’m just going to mix in our wet brush and see if that breaks down enough. Maybe dip it in water again. Okay, so we’re definitely gonna need some more yellow if we want to make that a little more lime-y. Actually now, we’re curious to see how- OOH! Love it. I love a nice- Of course, this is more of like a like a lime green, but I love lime green also. Let’s add some of the brown and see if we can’t get SAP green. Yes. Yes looking poopy. Yess!! We’ve got SAP or olive green, whatever you want to call it. I just love a nice Dookie green color. What can I say? I wonder if we can create our own… purpley colour by mixing teal instead of blue with the red. Let’s see what that does. Maybe added too much red there. We will see. Let’s see what we got. Oooh. That’s lovely. A nice earthy sort of purpley color. I like that. These are really fun colors actually. There is one more technique I haven’t tried.
I haven’t directly painted from the cream itself. We’re going to take our wet brush and dab it on the tip here and then color, so I guess that’s just one way to applicate I feel like maybe these companies want to fluff up their product a little bit. So they’re like “Look at all these different ways you can use them!” but like honestly, it uses the same as if you just put it in the palette. But that’s cool. Um, these are really interesting and weird. I’ve never created, I don’t think an illustration that was entirely metallic or shiny or sparkly whatever you want to call it. So I’m going to start brainstorming that some ideas to illustrate and use these watercolor creams to create an illustration. So keeping in mind our sort of pastel not so dark color scheme we have, mixed in with the sort of colors. I can create I want to sketch something that will I guess accommodate that. Like a bust with some flowers or something around it. Something a little more less complicated. Staying inside my comfort zone is also something I tend to do when trying a new art supply. Just because I want to focus my energy on trying the art supply and giving it my all and understanding how to use it and I don’t want to mess that up. I don’t know why I really wanted to draw like a fishbowl… Maybe some sort of like fish plant Or something. Like a fishbowl on her hair on her bun. Maybe this is the new fashion trend. 2020 fishbowl hair. This is actually really cute. Why do I love this so much? I don’t know. What should her clothes be? What kind of clothes does someone who has a fishbowl hair wear? Is it? Fancy? Is it laid-back? I just don’t know. What would a full? fishbowl outfit look like? I mean, let’s let’s just design an outfit based on fishbowl. I’m not trying to get technical. So you’ve got the fish in her hair. I love that so much! I’m sure this idea has been done. I’m afraid to google. But it’s just so super cute and I love it so much. Okay now she needs like a full outfit. Okay. So let’s see… Her head is too big but I mean that’s like all of my art, right? Around her waist is the opening of the fishbowl and then she’s basically… Well let’s see. Maybe it could end up here like an upside-down fishbowl. We have to make sure that the fish Have- Okay. This is going to sound really weird. We have to make sure the fish have access to her crotch so that they can censor her bits, because let’s be honest, I bet she’s not wearing any underwear. Well, actually I guess she’s probably wearing like a swimsuit sort of situation. So I could probably put a swimsuit on her. I’m sorry girl. I didn’t mean to embarrass you like that. Let’s just make her wear a swimsuit. I mean… Why not? Like a little bikini. You know what? What if her slippers also were glass and she had fish in those now. I definitely have seen like glass What, like platform shoes? That have fish in them. Like a- I don’t know if that’s something I want to add though. It also just seems kind of sad. Has anyone done this for like an award thing, I wonder. Like a celebrity. Lady Gaga would probably wear dead fish and not a fish bowl. I love her! Look at her! Okay, so I definitely want to do this. I think these are actually both really cute ideas, but I really want to do her full-body fishbowl outfit ’cause it’s just so adorable. Okay, I know mole skins aren’t the best at handling. Oh my gosh, this Muji pin is not waterproof. Oh, no! Oh no! Well- Oh no! Okay. Well… I was going to mock up some colors really quick for illustration, but our Muji pen that I sketched with. Um… Not waterproof. Not waterproof… at all. Wow, okay. Well I hope is going to mock up some colors guess I’m not. Basically, our color scheme is going to be blue and orange because I love to put blue and orange together. I think orange hair would be really cute couple mint the blue of the water. Maybe some orange fish in there. We will see. Okay, so I’m going to get to work on this. I’m super excited. This is a very fun outfit. So getting into the illustration using these watercolor creams, which I still can’t get over. What? A watercolor cream. You can’t just create a new art supplies who you think you are… Be Reaves Bree Reese. Anyways, so starting this illustration. I knew that I was going to pencil it as normal but after that, I really wasn’t sure if I wanted to use fineliners with this illustration Or if I wanted to go lineless. Did I want to try to use the watercolors themselves to line the illustration? In the end I did decide that I was going to be using these just like I do any other watercolors. So it made sense to use fine liners. So after I penciled the illustration, which I was so pleased with the way it looked. I think because I had been away on a holiday for Thanksgiving in America for two weeks and although I was drawing and working on comics and doodling I hadn’t worked on a video or an illustration for YouTube and so long that I was excited to get back to work and I was excited to try these watercolor creams. So I jumped into it. Our illustration turned out great and I lined it with the Sakura Micron pens. I knew I could trust them 100% being waterproof and I knew the supplies was going to work well with them because I trust them oh so much. They are my favorite waterproof fine liner to use ever. So I highly recommend them if you are using watercolor or anything water-based, they are super great. They don’t bleed.
They don’t fade. I love them. But this video isn’t about the fineliners. This video is about the watercolor creams. So let’s just zip on past the inking because who cares about that. Let’s get to water coloring! So as I suspected, I mainly used these watercolor creams in the way where you extract- That’s the word I’m going to use. I extracted the materials from their pen form…? What is- What is even- Stick. They’re a stick. I extracted the pigment or the materials from the sticks onto our palette and mixed the watercolors into that because I just felt like it was the easiest and best way for me to work with them. But I did want to use techniques that they suggest in the box. So as I worked I would put the creams directly onto the wet paper to get a nice soft spread. I did this for blushes on her ears and her elbows and also throughout her skin I used the brown to create freckles, I guess? I wanted to make sure that I… included a few techniques. So this was a really fun one to use. Aside from that I basically just used these as regular watercolors and to be honest I was actually surprised at how easy they were to work with. I expected them, I mean. you guys know me. I always go into these art supplies really skeptical and scared, but they- they weren’t so bad. I really like the colors I got.
They were easy enough, maybe a little difficult to blend at times if the paint was a little too thick it was definitely not the easiest to get a gradient. But with that in mind, I just embraced it and used it to create really interesting brush stroke textures. They layered really well. I really enjoyed how nice they layered. They didn’t reactivate too easily when I put them on top of each other. And now that I think about it, they also didn’t bleed into each other even after they were dry. That’s always something you don’t want with water color, Is your colors bleeding into each other despite being fully dry. So it was really easy as a watercolor medium to do things like shading and color layers and transparencies, so I was really happy with that. I went through this illustration as I would any other watercolor illustration of any sort and I actually had a lot of fun illustrating this piece. For the colors like I mentioned I did focus on a blue and orange slash Yellow complementary palette.
I love the character design. I think she’s really cute and I didn’t mind that the supplies were metallic. Like I said, I don’t normally use metallic colors I’m not a fan of that sparkle, but these weren’t too obnoxious. They just had a little bit of shine to them. So I can definitely appreciate that. Overall, maybe not my medium, but I thought it was really interesting to try something different and I was surprised to see that they were really easy to work with and kind of fun. Also the colors even I love a good earthy tone. these were so bright and vivid I was actually pretty surprised by that. Finally to wrap up this illustration I used a final technique that they suggested which was splattering with your brush and using the pigment directly from the cream. So I thought it would add a fun sort of splashy water splatter effect and that’s what I finished off with. There you go.
Watercolor creams. [Music] And here she is. Our metallic fishbowl wearing lady. She is looking very cute. Very shiny and metallic. I do apologize again for the lighting. I’m figuring out some new lighting, but at least I kind of makes her look very shiny, huh? That’s… that’s kind of interesting. So something I did do off-camera is because these paints are a little bit on the thicker side I had to go back with my pen and redo some line art because it was kind of disappearing under the sparkles, But I didn’t go over the areas that were underwater just to help, I guess, push that they are underwater because it does mute the pen. So that looks really cool. I do like that effect. So there it is. Watercolor creams. I hope you guys enjoyed this new art supplies. If you have a target near you, maybe you can try it. And hey! If you have tried these before let me know in the comments. What do you think of these? Alright with that thank you so much for watching.
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