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

13 comments:

  1. I love my watercolour pencils and their portability. What a great thing to do on the plane (maybe while your husband is entertaining the toddler LOL). Speaking of which, here are some tips for flying with little folks: http://www.flyingwithkids.com/entertainment.htm
    Have a great trip!

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    1. Awesome site..thanks Linda. I'm also going to supply ear plugs to all the passengers around us....lol. xx

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  2. I love my watercolor pencils because of their portability. I used to carry a little bottle of water now I use the filled brush like you have.
    My children are too old for me to remember much. I've a friend who brings a grandchild to coffee sometimes and she would always have a a little back pack with treats and amusements.
    I wish you the best trip and vacation!

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    1. Thank you Holly....I'm looking forward to seeing my family and none of them have met Thomas yet, so it will be wonderful xx

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  3. Wishing you a great trip Dion. Hope you have a happy and relaxing time in your homeland.
    I'm yet tosign up for your class and am dying to learn to use my watercolor pencils.You are one of my inspirations to revive my love for art[now after having 2 kids]and from this year i started updating my blog with my Art Journal pages and few other creative endeavors. Once again Thank you so much for encouraging and inspiring me and I'll peep in from time to time to read more of your delightful posts.
    Susan

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  4. This is awesome. Your class will be amazing. Great post. Have an amazing trip.

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  5. So happy you are getting the chance to come home, and warm up and wrap your kids up in Aussie sunshine... travelling with toddlers is a challenge and we did it constantly, especially the flight home, but lots and lots of snacks and some surprise treats like a homemade activity pack... I used to make one for Phoebe for most long hauls and it had printouts of colouring sheets from her favourite things at the time, some markers or crayons, some little story books, a little bag of leggo or the like, a pack of cards, a funny little finger puppet or two, and one year a disposable camera which she had a great time with running around taking photos of portholes etc... that is showing how long ago it used to be... funny but all these years later she still remembers those activity bags... good luck and so glad you get to be here soon...xx

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  6. So glad you are getting to visit 'home'...should I call it that!..oh well, there it is I did. It will do you good, and remind you that no matter where you are in the world, Australia is always waiting for you...have a wonderful trip when it comes to it.

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  7. Have a wonderful (and warm!) trip home! Little treats and activities as suggested above are all good ideas. Also bring something to help with popping eardrums on the plane. For the really young set a bottle or pacifier works. Older kiddies who can chew gum without swallowing it works well. Bon voyage!

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  8. Have a fabulous trip! I just know you'll enjoy it and come back running over with artistic ideas! xx

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  9. Have a wonderful time here in Australia - If you are in Sydney and have spare time to sketch - just let us know and I am sure a few Sydney Sketch Club members will meet up with you !

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  10. Have a wonderful trip Dion. Travelling with toddler hmmm.....best advice be prepared for anything :) Hope it goes well xxx

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