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’.

 

 

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    […] Finally we were able to add colour using coloured pencil. An effective technique was using white pencil to mask off areas that we wished to remain white. This was useful for creating dots and patterns. (We also used this technique when learning about watercolour pencils) […]

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