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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Can I Save the Cerulean?

'Can I Save the Cerulean?' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I'm finally going through all the old tubes of watercolors I've collected over the years, including many inherited from my mother, and seeing what I have and what condition it's in. The chemical data sheets for cerulean state that it ' tends to granulate or become chalky in watercolors' and indeed what's in the tube is not the usual sticky mass of dried paint but rather a crumbly powder. It is a fabulous color, and a tube runs about $12 so I'm trying to figure out if I can reconstitute it. I used it here for the 'sky' but it did not apply evenly nor in a proper watercolory manner.

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