Watercolor pencils as well as tips and tricks on how to use them.

January 18, 2017

If you are into art, then you will certainly find watercolor pencils an interesting medium to work with. Even though you do need some skill, watercolor pencils take out some difficult tasks (for example: water-to-paint ratio, color blending…) that usually only get better with experience. So if you don’t have experience, watercolor pencil is perfect for you – but don’t expect miracles, you will still need to practice to get the hang of.

You need to understand that you can’t simply draw a picture and then spray it down. That can be done only on simple drawings. For everything else, you need to know some tips and tricks.

If you think that by using watercolor pencils, you don’t have to use watercolor paper, then you are wrong. You do need to use it. Since normal regular papers aren’t made to be used for watercolor, they tend to fall apart. Besides, the color doesn’t spread the way it should and the way you want. That affects the overall quality of the picture and image.

Another great tip is to use watercolor pencils only on those places where you want to get the darker color. Simply draw a line in that area and after that use brush and water to pull the color out of it. That will give you image that classic watercolor look that you want.

If you want to get opposite effect of what I’ve wrote about above – achieve completely light color – then you need to do the following thing.  Lay down water in the area you need light color. But be careful (it comes with experience) not to overload it with water. If you overload it, it will be hard to control it and it will spread around even though you don’t want it. You need to lay down only small amount of water. After that lightly draw a line and use the brush to smooth out the lines. This technique is usually used for bigger areas. You can use it to paint for example sky or background.

Another useful trick is to draw detail lines with something else. By saying something else, I’m thinking of regular color pencil, pencil or maybe ink. Just bear in mind that you should use regular colored pencil before using watercolor pencil or water. If you don’t, the texture of the paper will change and it will be a lot harder to draw on it if it’s wet.

Those tips are all from my personal experience and they’ve come by using common sense. It’s expected that you should know all that if you’ve been using watercolor pencils (Prismacolor watercolor pencils) for some time. If you’ve haven’t then you

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