Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Watercolor Pencil Mysteries Revealed

In two days my Watercolor Pencil Workshop through www.joggles.com begins. I'm am wildly excited about this class as it's been a joy to prepare.  I get asked so many questions about how to use these little sticks of beauty. They are hugely underestimated, and as anyone who has ever picked up a watercolor pencil will know, they are inexpensive, no-mess, easily portable, come in a huge array of colors and are PERFECT for art journals and sketchbooks on the go.  Yet still, understanding how to get the best from them is elusive to so many people.

I've been using watercolor pencils for a long time and it's only been in the past year that I have really embraced them.  Preparing projects for this class, I've learnt so much more about ways to use them, and like any artistic endeavor, the more you do it, the better you become. This is especially true for watercolor pencils.

Watercolor pencils can be used in so many different ways, and in this class, we delve into the mysteries and myths through a series of projects and exercises that attempt to uncover some of their best kept secrets.

This autumn leaf was done using several different techniques, which I will show you as we will work through lots of step-by-step exercises. You will learn how to get the best from your own watercolor pencils.

I use watercolor pencils a lot and they are especially perfect for travel.  In fact, I'll be packing a little set into my carry-on luggage next week as my husband, children, and I take a little trip down-under to visit my family.

Yep...after months of home-sickness, we're finally heading south for a dose of Aussie...everything. Yep, Australia, the land of gum leaves, Vegemite, surf, and the endless summer.  Of course, it's artistic business as usual for me as I'll be blogging about my adventure and deeply engaged in my Watercolor Pencil Workshop.  In fact, participants of this class will get to hear about some of my Aussie fun first hand.

However, I'm a little nervous about taking my toddler on such a long trip, but the hospital has given us the ok...in fact they are encouraging it because here in North America, we are heading into the worst time for respiratory viruses. It has been March/April every year since his birth that Thomas has been in the PICU fighting for his life against a common cold.  We're hoping to avoid that this year by heading down to what is turning out to be a beautiful summer down under. If you have any tips for traveling with a toddler, I'd love to hear them.

I hope to visit many of my beautiful art and play friends while I'm there, so let me know what you've got going on and I'll try to drop by. In the meantime, it's not too late to sign up for Watercolor Pencil Workshop.  

Thanks for stopping by xx