Wednesday, June 10, 2015

JFJ 15 for 30 Challenge - Day 10: Watercolor Pencil

Along with watercolor paint, watercolor pencils are a staple in our journal kit. They offer the control of colored pencil and the look of paint, and there are several basic ways to use them, so for today experiment and play with the watercolor pencil. Think about going back to some of the pages you have already worked and fill spaces, create textures, or develop the layout a bit further.

Not sure exactly how to use them? The most basic way is to color them down onto the paper and brush water over them, but you can also brush watercolor paint over them as well. You can also blend them with a water-based marker. Try dipping the tip into water and then drawing with the pencil, or you can draw into wet areas. Don’t have watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons do the same thing. Water-based markers also blend and bleed when they get wet. Experiment and play.

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nicole said...

Hi guys, I am really enjoying this challenge. Just out of curiosity, do you always use watercolour grade sketchbooks? N.

Eric said...

Nicole, I'm glad that you're enjoying the challenge. As for sketchbooks, David and I don't use sketchbooks with watercolor paper. David uses Cachet sketchbooks with 65lbs sketch paper, and I use Strathmore Hardbound Drawing Journals with 80lbs paper. There is some bleed through with both books and the paper does buckle, but we don't really mind. It's all part of the process. I hope this helps out.