Friday, April 20, 2012


Matthew James Collins makes his own sanguine sticks for fine art drawing.  He posts at his WP blog about his DIY method.

Sanguine Drawing.

Wikipedia on sanguine.

Sanguine has a classy reputation, and well deserved.


L.W.Roth, said...

I had never heard of this chalk before. Conte, yes, but this seems different--antique, if Michelangelo used it--classic and elitist, if Michelangelo used it. I've been moving back towards chalk lately, It has the immediacy of charcoal with a lot more class. this era of ours has conditioned me to look for immediacy in a medium, but we all know that immediacy is not the truth. This material could be a half-step? I've already invested in the finer paper...but probably there's finer?

Casey Klahn said...

Hi, Linda. It looks like sanguine is iron oxide, and Conte is chalk, as we know.

Not sure if this is a complete distinction. I enjoy using both, but I think my "sanguine" sticks are Conte brand. Does that make any sense? I'm going to explore some other brands of sanguine, and will also attempt to make my own as per the link.

I'll be looking closer at your paper.