Painting with Sticks

Last week I experimented with limiting my tools to just a few Daniel Smith watercolor sticks, and a bit of pen and ink. (The subject, fortunately, was a study in colors and tones that happened to match the sticks I own.) I am fairly pleased with the result, and I must say that the sticks are easy to use. I mostly just dabbed a wet brush on the end of one and worked from there. I tried drawing with them a bit, but since the sticks are not sharpened to a point, I preferred working with ink pens to achieve finer lines.

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(My friend Rita has cut sticks and placed them in tiny pans inside an Altoid tin for her travel set, which is very clever indeed!)