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.


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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