Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tutorial & Giveaway: Painting With Watercolor Pencils

I'm thrilled to announce the next winner of a place my upcoming online Watercolor Pencils class.  Congratulations to:

Michele Oliver

Please email me Michele. 
I'm giving away another place on this class today, Leave a comment to be in the running, and remember to leave your contact details as well.


So today, I thought I would talk a little about painting with watercolor pencils.  This is an especially useful technique for so many reasons.  Firstly, if you're familiar with watercolor technique, pretty much most of it applies to painting from a pencil.  The main difference is that the paint is inside the wood casing of the pencil instead of on a pan.

Painting from the tip of a pencil is often used for fine color detail and soft blends. It is a little more difficult to get a large wash from the tip of the pencil, but not impossible.

For this sketchbook page, start with a simple line drawing of some strawberries and flowers.

Spritz the page with clean clear water from a spray bottle and dab off the excess with a paper towel.  You want the page damp, not soaking wet.

Use a fine brush to pick up paint from the tip of your pencils.  Lightly wash them into the main subjects on your page.  I started with under-layers of light tones then slowly built them up.

I'm using Derwent Inktense Pencils for this one.  These pencils melt beautifully and are permanent when they dry, this means that layering is much easier as you don't get unruly blends and you build up color.

Don't worry if the colors spill over the lines, it adds to the beauty.

Use this same subtle technique to add in details and texture on your strawberries and flowers, and also in the shadow areas under the petals.

To build up tone in the background, wet the page in small sections and apply a dark tone pencil wash, concentrating the color around the edges of the flowers and leaves.

Be sure to blend out the color while the page is still wet to avoid any hard lines.

I usually make a color swatch page of the names and brands of the colors I use, this one sits on the opposite page.

I used a super fine pen with permanent ink to add stippling, cross-hatching, and detail to the composition.  Outlines can flatten a subject, but the ink is also a wonderful way to give it excitement and definition. 

You can see how simple it is to use the watercolor pencils as paint.  You will not get the same results with regular paint.  The amount of pigment, the structure of the pencil, and you ability to pick up only small amounts of color will impact your final result.

Watercolor Pencils are one of the best mediums for sketchbooks and art journals, especially if you like to take a sketch kit with you wherever you go.  They are truly one of the most versatile mediums around.

If you'd like to win a place in my upcoming class "Watercolor Pencils", please leave a comment below.

And to finish the week, I'm giving away 2 places on this class tomorrow as part of Friday Sketches. So be sure to check in tomorrow and link up your Friday Sketches to be in the running.

For more information on the "Watercolor Pencils" class, or to take advantage of the early bird special, please click here.

Good luck & thanks for checking in. xx