watercolour pencils

Water, water everywhere

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This week’s lesson was on how to use watercolour pencils – a versatile but often overlooked medium. Is there anyone who doesn’t have a box in their collection but isn’t sure what to do with them?

We all had a go at using them, with varying results… at least using the skooshers was good fun.

Angus talked about a number of different ways to use watercolour pencils:

  • adding the colour to areas of a drawing and then washing over with water to achieve a pale effect;
  • using a normal white pencil to ‘mask’ parts of the painting: when you paint over the top with watercolour, the coloured pencil should stay fixed; and
  • adding details to watercolour painting.

He also talked about the different effects that can be achieved by using the watercolour pencils in different ways:

  • dry pencil on dry paper
  • dry pencil on damp paper – allows good coverage
  • dry pencil on wet paper – creates strong lines of colour, making the watercolour pencil a ‘weapon of colour’.



This week: Dribbly drawings

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Hopefully, if the snow disappears by Wednesday, this week’s lesson will be about how to use watercolour pencils. They’re one of those media that you get and then disappear into your massive art box forever.

So take them out dust them off and we’ll do some dribbly drawings.

If you have some of your own, please bring them along, otherwise the group has a small selection that you can use.

And if you want to bring your own source imagery, that’s great – it’s easiest to experiment when using a simple image, i.e. single flowers are easier than large landscapes. I’ll have plenty of pictures if you’re not sure what to do.