Since last year’s solvent search flop (zest-it) I hadn’t really pursued other options. This January I was reminded of this again, (thank you Steve for writing to me about this topic). I have heard of people using baby oil as substitute. So I gave it a first try with coconut oil.
I just threw randomly colour on smooth sketch paper (190g/m^2-90lbs; Hahnemühle sketch paper), transferred some of the coconut oil on the back of my hand and dipped my finger in it and was able to blend with it. This seemed to work so well, so I made my own little experiment the next day, with oils and other stuff I stumbled upon.
What I used:
- mixed Media Paper (250g/m^2-169lbs; Daler Rowney) with a rougher surface
- safflower oil
- coconut oil
- olive oil
- transparent lip balm
- seed oil
- baby face&body lotion
- cotton buds (brand doesn’t matter, mine are vegan, waterneutral ones by Hydrophile)
- coloured pencils (Polychromos, Faber-Castell)