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Posted by Anne Beltestad on May 29, 2002 at 22:36:03:

In reply to: I feel like I am selling out, but that will pass...thanks to CCJ posted by Kenzi on May 29, 2002 at 17:20:32:

and I think it's important to continue freehanding to keep that part
of the brain working.
However, as somewhat of a knotwork expert, I found it cuts the time in
at least half for really complex designs, and brings the level of
accuracy to almost perfection. So yeah, it does feel like selling
out, but I remind myself that my dad, who's a really good painter,
sketches on his canvas first.
Also, Kenzi, your piece was every bit as lovely as mine, and nowhere
near as huge and sprawling. Therefore I'd say yours is better! ;)

: At Sirius NYC Catherine sold some of us on the use of
: watercolor pencils in laying out complicated designs, especially
: celtic or arabic knotwork. I didn't pay much attention as I felt I
: should be able to do this kind of work without such aids! Anne
: seemed to accept it finally.
: hah! Since then i have gotten no farther in my ability to do celtic
: knotwork and at the festival this weekend I made Anne leave her
: lunch behind to do a knotwork design for a client. I watched her
: set it up using the watercolor pencil and then whip out the
: design very quickly using the pencil lines as her guide. I
: promised her up and down that I would do the next knotwork
: request to make up for interrupting her lunch. Well, wouldn't ya
: know it, someone saw her work on that client and requested the
: SAME design plus another little knotwork design (the three-lobed
: one, whose name I can never remember). I whipped out the
: watercolor pencil, laid out my design and did it almost as fast
: and almost as nicely as Anne did.
: Whew! What a relief. I still feel a little guilty for using the
: but it made such a difference in the final product that I am
: convinced.
: So thanks for the tip CCJ even if I didn't take it up right away; I
: had to try it in the heat of battle to be convinced of its usefulness.


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