Monday, November 07, 2011

AEDM 2011: Day 7 Learning to use watercolour pencils

My working table on November 6th (I´m posting each day what I created the day before).Big questions for watercolour pencils:
1) Water on the paper first?
2) Water on the pencil´s tip?
3) Water on the brush after colouring?

What is your prefered style? I tried them all here:
Things I learnt:
*Colour blending happens on its own if neighbouring colour is not dry. Good to know if blending on purpose, not for colouring inside the lines.
* I liked the style of the top hand block but it took several tries to get it again.
* Some colours are softer to use and colour more than others.
The first design was made not taking the pencil off the paper, then I added vertical lines to give myself colouring spaces and to practice a bit more, some circles.
This is an experiment with watercolour pencils and was not intended as a journal page to begin with but I´m seeing its potential now and I will keep going.

On other news, you have until November 18th to wish Lynn a Happy 3rd Bloggaversary and participate in her super give away. She has some to drool for art and the most magnificent mountain of rubber stamps for some lucky winner.

8 comments:

Camilla said...

You can also draw your pictures with dry pencils, and then use a fine wet brush to pull color away from line into the interior of the image to color it in.

Looks like the beginnings of a great journal page! I am inspired to get out my watercolor pencils (I have Derwent Inktense) and experiment!

Gwen Hughes said...

It is fun to play isn't it? I ususally take a wet brush to the pencil...that way I have more control of the depth of colour.
Have fun!
Gwen xx

Jennibellie said...

I'm still iffy with how I like to use watercolour pencils too, perhaps I should set some time dedicated to play too. Great post, thanks for sharing, Jennibellie x

Lia Edwards said...

Ooo, so pretty! You've inspired me to get out my watercolour pencils.

rajns (carolyn) said...

I use my watercolor pencils (especially my Inktense) in no particular way. It depends on what effect I am after - if it is very precise I use the dry pencil and let each section dry before going on to the next. Sometimes I want messy - so there is water flying everywhere - just depends on what I'm making.

Serena said...

Sometimes, I'll draw and colour directly onto the paper then hit it with a water-brush and, other times, I load a wet brush directly from the pencil point. All depends on what I'm doing at the time. I find I prefer the pan or tube watercolours for the main part of a painting and then I'll use the watercolour pencils for emphasis.

It's great that you are experimenting with different uses, Paula. Definitely a journal page in the making ~ :)

Bobbi Lewin said...

I love watercolor pencils, and I use all three methods of wetting.

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

I have tried all the different methods for watercolour pencils and it really depends on my mood as to which I use. It is fun experimenting though and I can see a great journal page emerging from this xx

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