Peggy Lynn McGahan
WEEK 1 INTRODUCTION TO WATERCOLOR PENCIL MARCH 2
Why Watercolor Pencils?
Techniques: Using watercolor pencils dry and wet
Subject: Single Roses or alternate
Colors: Achieving bright and subtle color with watercolor pencils
Mixing vegetative greens
Optional additions: Permanent colored pencils
SOME WATERCOLOR PENCILS I’M USING:
***NOTE: In each week’s class information I will provide information on the watercolor pencils I used in the demonstrations. These are only to help you compare colors. Just use your own watercolor pencils, but you can use the watercolor pencils listed here as a reference.
All watercolor pencils listed are Faber-Castell’s Albrecht Durer brand unless otherwise noted.
LEAVES: Earth green yellow, permanent green olive, light yellow glaze, Derwent watercolor pencil madder carmine, Derwent inktense apple, chrome oxide, Derwent watercolor pencil raw sienna, Derwent inktense baked earth
YELLOW ROSE: cream, light yellow glaze, cadmium yellow, dark chrome yellow, cadmium orange, earth green yellow
PINK ROSE: light purple pink, fuchsia, middle purple pink, earth green yellow
TANGERINE/PEACH ROSE: cream, pale geranium lake, light purple pink, fuchsia, cadmium orange, earth green yellow, dark chrome yellow, light ultramarine blue, light cobalt turquoise
DARK RED ROSE: Derwent inktense poppy, Prismacolor watercolor pencil crimson, dark red, chrome oxide green
WEEK 2 SOME BACKGROUND OPTIONS MARCH 9
Adding Backgrounds using watercolor pencils
Techniques: color mixes, compositions, and application techniques for watercolor pencil backgrounds
Colors Mixes: using color analogues, complements, and dark mixes
Optional additions: “Magnus”, color blocks, watercolor paints
Also, you’re welcome to try my Caran d’Ache Neocolor II Pastel watercolor Pastels if interested
WEEK 3 LOW INTENSITY SUBTLE TRANSITIONS and TEXTURE MARCH 16
CAST SHADOWS in WATERCOLOR PENCIL
Subject: Sprouted onion bulb
Techniques: achieving subtle, low intensity color with watercolor pencil
texture and detail with gray or with graphite pencil
injecting color in your cast shadows
Optional additions: graphite pencils, Graphitint specialty watercolor pencils by Derwent
WATERCOLOR PENCILS USED:
In the Leaves: ivory, cream, earth green yellow, light green, light yellow glaze, and a touch of cadmium yellow. I used a touch of Permanent Prismacolor artichoke a bit to accent on the edges.
In the Skin: cream, burnt ochre, and touches of pale geranium lake, raw umber,olive green yellow, and the Permanent Prismacolor artichoke.
In the Bulb: cream in parts, ivory in parts. I Added raw umber, small touches burnt ochre, and Permanent Prismacolor artichoke.
In the Root End: mainly burnt ochre, with touches of pale geranium lake. Once I had the general shapes and angles in those colors, I added pops of color using middle purple pink, Graphitint Juniper, and raw umber. I added a bit of warmth using cadmium orange and light yellow glaze and the top and added a little graphite pencil to deepen the value and suggest detail. This could also easily be achieved with a deeper value brown or gray watercolor pencil.
Shadow touches: middle purple pink, helioblue red, as well as raw umber and burnt ochre. I also used the greens in small amounts at the end to echo the leaves.
Just a few spots added artichoke.
Watercolor pencils I used in onion. You can choose your own colors
WEEK 4 COMBINING WATERCOLOR PENCILS With WATERCOLOR PAINT MARCH 23
Combining watercolor paint washes with watercolor pencils
Or continuing with watercolor pencils alone if you prefer
Techniques: watercolor paint or watercolor pencil washes
Accenting, injecting fun color, and detail with watercolor pencil
Optional additions: Inktense specialty watercolor pencils by Derwent
WATERCOLOR PENCILS: pale geranium lake, Derwent watercolor pencil madder carmine, dark red, chrome oxide, burnt ochre, permanent green olive, cadmium orange, dark cadmium orange, fuchsia
OR I’m highlighting the option of Inktense Specialty Watercolor Pencils: poppy, tangerine, chili, baked earth, apple
OPTIONAL WATERCOLOR PAINTS: quinacridone red, burnt sienna, sap green, quinacridone gold, permanent alizarin crimson
Watercolor Pencils Used
Watercolor Pencils Used: Inktense Iron Blue, Inktense Bright Blue, Permanent Green Olive, Middle Purple Pink, Light Purple Pink, (watercolor pencil) white, Prismacolor Permanent White, and Graphitint Cool Gray.
WEEK 5 ADDITIONAL OPTIONS—CHOOSE YOUR PROJECT APRIL 6
Subjects: mushroom, iris, or hydrangea
or choose your own subject
Techniques: combining watercolor paint, watercolor pencil in a more complex painting
Watercolor pencil on a claybord surface*
WATERCOLOR PENCILS USED: I used a variety of low intensity colors. Some of favorite in this piece include light ultramarine blue+raw umber, lightultramarine blue+Intense dark chocolate, middle purple pink, raw umber, burnt ochre, and a variety of blues and violets.
In the green areas—earth green yellow, Inktense apple, light ultramarine, Inktense Sea blue (which is a gorgeous color!).
HIGHLIGHTING Derwent Graphitints: Sage is nice. Cloud gray is nice too, especially combined with middle purple pink, with Inktense Sea blue, or with lt ultramarine. The cloud gray deepens and enriches the color for a smoky, lower intensity dark value.
Favorite blues in this piece: Inktense Sea blue, light ultramarine, and a little helioblue red. Prismacolor Permanent colored pencil violet blue is great for accents.
Violet and purple areas: middle purple pink, fuchsia, red violet, and Prismacolor Permanent Tuscan red.
Gray areas: I used mainly cold gray III and IV on the claybord but cold gray II and a little warm or cold gray I on the paper demonstration. I liked Graphitint cloud gray on each. I also sometimes leaned these areas blue with light ultramarine.
Colored pencils used for mushroom
WATERCOLOR PENCILS USED IN PAPER DEMONSTRATION: light yellow glaze, chrome yellow, burnt ochre, light ultramarine, ultramarine, light red violet, red violet, middle purple pink, purple violet, dark indigo, earth green yellow, permanent green olive, chrome oxide green.
WATERCOLOR PENCILS USED IN CLAYBORD DEMONSTRATION: Inktense Violet (just in touches. It’s beautiful but very strong), Purple Violet, Ultramarine Blue,
Light Ultramarine Blue, Middle Purple Pink, Earth Green Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Light Yellow Glaze, and 2H-4H Graphite Pencil.
WEEK 6 CONTINUING AND SHARING APRIL 13
Subjects: we will continue with your project or you can start another
*Claybord by Ampersand is a multimedia smooth panel
Made by applying clay layers to a wood board.