by Lisa Larrabee
Charcoal is both bold and forgiving. You can blend and smudge charcoal or sharpen it to draw with precision. Charcoal is a staple in most drawing classes, but did you know that you can also paint with it?
If you mix charcoal powder with water, you can paint using a process that is similar to watercolor. The charcoal powder often pools and settles creating interesting patterns as it dries. When the water evaporates, all that is left on the paper is the charcoal. This charcoal can now be manipulated using traditional dry charcoal techniques. You can blend, erase and add details using blending stumps, charcoal sticks and charcoal pencils.