When used dry, they tend to lay down soft, subtle color and blend well.
When just a small amount of water is added, they dissolve beautifully into transparent color.
They can be layered to create beautifully nuanced colors. You can re-wet with each layer or layer dry, then add water at the end. There are also additional techniques for achieving specific effects we will discuss in class.
During this class I will incorporate a few types of specialty water-soluble colored pencil and bring them to class in case you want to try them.
Water-soluble colored pencils also blend seamlessly with lots of different media to take advantage of properties of each.
In this class I will combine the water-soluble colored pencils with a few possibilities, with an emphasis on combining watercolor pencils with watercolor paints. I will also demonstrate each project using watercolor pencils alone, so there is no need to use watercolor paints unless you want to try it. I will bring my own watercolor paints if you’re curious about this option so there’s no need to purchase watercolor paints if you don’t have them already.
By combining and layering you can achieve beautiful, richly colored effects.
I begin with watercolor paint, which lays down very quickly and is beautifully transparent.
I follow-up with colored pencil to more easily achieve detail and a nice, textural feel. The added colored pencil can be used either wet or left dry.
WATERCOLOR PENCILS USED (***NOTE: ALL MENTIONED ARE ALBRECHT DURER WATERCOLOR PENCILS BY FABER CASTELL UNLESS OTHERWISE IDENTIFIED)
FAVORITE WATERCOLOR PENCILS: Earth Green Yellow, Permanent Olive, Chrome Oxide, Fuchsia, Light Ultramarine, Purple Violet, Light Yellow Glaze, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Pale Geranium Lake, Light Cobalt Turquoise, Middle Purple Pink, Raw Umber, Burnt Ochre, Walnut, and Helioblue-Reddish
Calla Lilies: Cream, Light Yellow Glaze, Cadmium Yellow, Dark Cadmium Yellow, Earth Green Yellowish, Pale Geranium Lake, Cadmium Orange, Dark Flesh, Fuchsia, Middle Purple Pink, Red-Violet, and Chrome Oxide
Red Pepper: Pale Geranium Lake, Dark Cadmium Orange, Raw Umber, Burnt Ochre, Earth Green Yellow, In the neutral “white” seed area I added Cream, Ivory, Olive Green Yellowish, and Cold Gray I watercolor pencils. I’m adding Staedtler Karat 19 (for Jessica), which is fairly similar to Raw Umber.
Possible Supplements/Alternatives using Inktense Specialty Watercolor Pencils by Derwent:
Poppy, Tangerine, Chili, Baked Earth, Fern, Apple, and Bark.
I also used a graphite 2H pencil and Permanent Colored Pencils in White and Cream.
Mini Pumpkin alternative demonstration: I used the above watercolor pencils and additionally Light Cobalt Turquoise and Cadmium Orange.
Spiderwort: Fuchsia, Purple-Violet, Light Ultramarine, Helioblue-Reddish
Possible Supplements/Alternatives using Graphitint Specialty Watercolor Pencils by Derwent: Juniper, Aubergine, Dark Indigo
Leaves: WATERCOLOR PENCILS I’m using the watercolor pencils listed in “favorite watercolor pencils”
OPTIONAL WATERCOLOR PAINTS if combining Sap Green, Quinacridone Gold, Winsor Blue Green Shade, Winsor Blue Red Shade, Aureolin (Yellow), and Quinacridone Pink
OPTIONAL NEOCOLOR II water-soluble crayons (wax pastels) Lime, Emerald, Cobalt Blue, Periwinkle, Purple, Orange, and Lemon
OPTIONAL INKTENSE Highlighted Watercolor Pencils Fern, Leaf, Baked Earth, Bark, Tangerine, Poppy and Sea Blue
Pheasant: WATERCOLOR PENCILS I’m using the watercolor pencils listed in “favorite watercolor pencils”
OPTIONAL WATERCOLOR PAINTS if combining Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Red, Aureolin, Winsor Blue Green Shade, and Winsor Blue Red Shade.
Monarch Butterfly in Autumn Prairie and Oakleaf for Week 5: WATERCOLOR PENCILS features those used in previous weeks, with a focus on Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Dark Orange, Raw Umber, Burnt Ochre, Earth Green Yellow, Olive Green Yellow, Pale Geranium Lake, Chrome Cadmium Yellow, Fuchsia, Middle Purple Pink, Inktense Dark Chocolate, Light Cobalt Turquoise and Light Ultramarine.
OPTIONAL WATERCOLOR PAINTS: Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Red, Light Red, Aureolin, a little Sap Green, a little Burnt Sienna, and Winsor Blue Green Shade and Cobalt Blue.
Subject: CALLA LILIES
Using watercolor pencils
Exploring color mixes
Subject: RED PEPPERS
Technique: Preserving and Adding Lights and Whites
Alternate: MINI PUMPKIN
Techniques: Preserving and Adding Lights and Whites
Optional Media: Inktense Specialty Watercolor Pencils by Derwent
With More Work
Immediately after class
With more work
Optional Media: Graphite Pencil, Graphitint Specialty Watercolor Pencils by Derwent
Subject: Soft, Atmospheric Backgrounds
Immediately Before Class
Immediately After Class
After more work
With more negative drawing and color. Remember: SIMPLIFY to practice this week. NO STRESS!
Media: Combining Watercolor Pencils with Watercolor Paints or Watercolor Pencils alone.
Media: Watercolor Pencils combined with Watercolor Paints or Watercolor Pencils alone
Watercolor Paint with Watercolor Pencil
Nigella in Dry Watercolor Pencil on Watercolor Paint Background
Oakleaf in Watercolor Pencil on Watercolor Paint Background
Media: Watercolor Pencils with Graphite Pencils
Watercolor Pencils Used: cream, dark cadmium yellow, cadmium orange, pale geranium lake, Prismacolor watercolor red, light green, permanent olive green, chrome green oxide, light cobalt turquoise, Prismacolor Permanent white, burnt ochre, fuchsia, dark flesh