A couple of weeks ago, I asked for reader feedback on future articles. What would you like to learn or see?
One of the subjects suggested was a few demonstrations showing how to use watercolors with colored pencils. What a great idea!
I am planning to do a new drawing combining watercolors with colored pencil, but have other art projects on the front burner. So rather than make you wait, I decided to do the next best thing and recommend other demonstrations and mini clinics on this subject. I used water soluble colored pencils for these demonstrations and mini clinics, but the techniques work just as well with water color.
Some of them are right here on this blog. Others were published by EmptyEasel.
Wherever they appeared, they’re all the step-by-step demos you’ve told me are so helpful.
From the archives
My purpose with this drawing was to learn what I could do with water soluble colored pencils, so I used an old drawing from another project.
Last week, I shared the method I used to create an under drawing using water soluble colored pencils. While I focused on water soluble colored pencils in that post, the technique applies to any type of water soluble media with the possible exception of water miscible oils. I’ve never tried that combination, so cannot tell you whether or not it would work.
In this post, I’ll show you how to add traditional dry color to the under drawing.
One of my favorite things about colored pencils is their versatility. Traditional wax-based pencils and water soluble pencils (used either wet or dry) can be combined for a wide array of stunning effects.
For this project, I used Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle (water soluble), Faber-Castell Art Grip (wax based), and Prismacolor Premier (wax based).
I’m using a combination of pencils and methods including water soluble Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle, traditional Faber-Castell Art Grip, and Prismacolor Premier. Today I’ll also be using Prismacolor Verithin pencils.
Let’s get back into it!
Before you start, you’ll want to mount your paper to the board by wetting the paper thoroughly and evenly and laying it on the board. Blot it so it’s not dripping wet, then tape it to the board with gummed craft paper tape. The tape is water activated, so dampen it first, then place it so it overlaps the paper about a quarter inch. Smooth it down with a sponge then let the paper dry.
I started this drawing using brushes and a homemade “palette” of colors drawn with the water-soluble pencils. If you haven’t read the first article yet, I encourage you to click the link above and then come back here to finish reading about the process.
One of the neatest innovations in the world of colored pencils has been the development water-soluble colored pencils. They look and handle like a traditional colored pencil, yet they dissolve and blend in water. In this article, I share some of my favorite tips and techniques.
As much as I love working with colored pencil, the medium can be unforgiving. When I was first learning the craft, any serious mistake meant the end of a painting—just tear it up, throw it away, and start over. (A lot of images ended up in the circular file under my desk back then.)
Fortunately, over the years I’ve discovered a number of techniques for repairing mistakes, and today I’m going to share one of them.