How I use my Watercolor Pencils!

Watercolor pencils, the only kind of watercolor that I seem to be able to use. Except for the watercolor brushes in my Sketchbook Pro 7 and Corel Painter Essentials 5 digital art programs. When I discovered watercolor pencils I was amazed!! Watercolor inside a pencil crayon, a grand idea! Personally, I have always found this method of using watercolors much easier to control and avoid/fix mess ups. However, I tend to use  them for smallish illustration type of art. Usually combining regular pencil crayons or marker/ink to the mix, if I actually manage to let it dry before I start adding. Always have had issues waiting for it to dry fully, before adding or continuing with a piece.

Watercolor Tin w Brushes

Here is a example of some of my most recent watercolor art, bellow. I like the tribal stuff, and recently got a larger set of watercolor pencils for Christmas from my awesome boyfriend. I did not particularly want the Prisimacolor brand, due to there clear lack of quality control. I don’t understand how they can charge so much for a product and you can’t use some of them due to poor quality! And some of these sets are 100$ or more, its crazy! Anyways, I got the tin Derwent 24 Watercolor set! This is a huge improvement to my set of 12, as there are more range of colors. This made it easier for me to achieve the colors I actually want, and I am rather good at mixing/blending these watercolor pencils!

Watercolor Tribal Dragon Watercolor Tribal Grey Wolf

One the left is ” Midnight Moon Dragon Tribal Watercolor” and the right “Grey Wolf Tribal Watercolor“. I started both with a simple outline sketch in pencil. It helps if it is as light as possible, and avoid erasing as that tends to ruin watercolor paper. Then I took the color(s) of watercolor pencils I wanted and shaded the areas that I plan to have the most color. It helps to start with the lightest colors first and work your way to the darker ones. Then with a wet brush I would start in the lightest shaded areas and worked my way into the darker shaded areas, basically working the pigment such that you get the effect you want. It is okay to add water to the areas you want lighter to remove some pigment. I kept the coloration simple for both pieces and actually managed to wait for the paper to fully dry. Once dry I added the ink tribal patters free hand. You could lightly sketch the outlines, but you run the risk of excess pencil marks you may not be able to remove and you do not want to try erasing the lines over top of the watercolor.

Another tip which would apply to any media set is to make color pallets, like the one bellow. I have done this with every pencil, and marker set I have. Missing one for my oil pastels, however it has been a while since I have used them so it will wait. For watercolor pencils I would suggest doing a dry and a wet section for each color, since the color may change slightly when wet. This tends to differ depending on what brand and such. I would also suggest doing a gradient for each like mine in the picture. Also, having the name and/or number of the color would be very useful for when your picking out your colors. It does not have to be fancy, just a grid on the paper you tend to use most!


Anyways, thanks for reading!

If you have any questions about this, or are interested in a piece, please feel free to ask!

More to come, soon!

Kittlin, out!

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