‘Friend or foe’ mixed media hares, ( watercolour, neocolor acrylic ink)

I hadn’t used my neocolor for a while, so decided to use them for a couple of hares. I have another double hare painting on the production line, but it is more detailed, I didn’t feel in that mood tonight, so decided to add some character to the basic watercolour I had started yesterday ( leaving the detailed painting for another day). I have not painted one in this style for a while. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed being free with the marks created, without too much care of what is right. I love the bright vibrant tones, a change from my usual Browns. A pick me up Thursday, after all the horrid weather people are experiencing, wherever you are.


‘Friend or foe’ mixed media, using watercolour, neocolor, acrylic ink


About REcreate-RebeccaEvansCreate

My name is Rebecca Evans, living in the New Forest I have been inspired to paint the many animals often seen around me. Having ridden since Childhood, painting equines was a natural path to follow. I use a variety of media, watercolour, oil, charcoal, pastel,inks, plus a few more, infact I will try most things. Choosing the medium to work with can really change the effect of the art, and therefore the character of the animal. Sometimes it is an instant decision, sometimes it is the mood from within me which determines which medium I choose to use. I never know what might inspire me next, but if it’s hairy, I will be sure to try.
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19 Responses to ‘Friend or foe’ mixed media hares, ( watercolour, neocolor acrylic ink)

  1. j2015hall says:

    Charming painting.

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  2. Super sweet! Nice techniqu

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  3. Gosh, Rebecca, this is really beautiful! Those neocolors are just wonderful and you sure have a way with them. These are the neo II crayons right? Wow! I’m amazed at the detail you’re getting with them!

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    • Thank you Laura, yes they are neocolor 2 caran dache. I have used acrylic ink on the watercolour under painting to create the fine detail in the eyes, and some bits of the ears, plus some of the green grass ( although most of that was the neocolor. To get the detail I use the bottom of the crayon, at an angle so I get fine lines. They are not accurate, as you can’t see exactly where the pigment is going so I just swish away! The beauty of these is if you go wrong, you can go over with another pigmented crayon, even light over dark. I usually use water over these to blend, but I have left this more unblended on the top layer. Oh if the crayon gets very rounded I have a mini grater from derwent, this collects small shavings like dots, these can be used in paintings ( not this one) but it also creates a new flat base, saves waste when sharpening.

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      • Thank you, Rebecca! You are so generous with your time and explanations. Wow, still amazed at the detail but your tips really help. The reason I asked about the crayon is they make also a neocolor crayon I think it’s just called neocolor without the Roman numeral II. And I wasn’t sure which you were using. Have you ever tried those?

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      • Hi Laura, I have never seen the ones you mention, I might look it up though. I have the whole collection of neocolor II, I bought one pack and loved them so much I bought 10 every month until I had every colour. I did once buy the oil based ones by accident, instead of the water soluble, started using them, and created a mess, wondered why until I looked at the side, neocolor I!! I also have the metallics, but I am not especially impressed with those.


  4. Sharon Mann says:

    I’m mesmerized with your detail and texture, a magical piece of art.

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  5. memadtwo says:

    I agree with Laura–I can never get this much detail with neocolor. It’s lovely. (K)

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    • Hi Kerfe, I gained the fine detail from the acrylic ink, which I did over the watercolour under painting. Mostly I use the base of the neocolor, at an angle, so I get a nice thin line, if the crayon gets too rounded I then get my derwent mini grater out, it stores the waste which I can use as a paint on whatever I choose, and flattens the base again. The plus is these little gem of a crayon is very forgiving, if you put a mark where it looks wrong, you can go over it with another, even light over dark ( one of the reasons I love them so much) I have not blended with water on the top layer, as that would take away the thin strokes from the crayon. And there is the odd brush stroke using acrylic ink, on the hare and grass, just because 😀

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      • memadtwo says:

        Thanks for the explanation Rebecca. Never heard of a derwent mini grater, but I’ll have to look for one! I also haven’t tried painting on top of neocolor. But now that you mention it, of course. I’ll file it for the future…

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    • It is called grate n shake if you look it up, handy little tool, and not just for neocolor, really great for creating powdered pencil

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  6. itsmyhusbandandme says:

    The colours make me think of Spring. Its a beautiful picture.

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