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’.