Watercolor pencils

If there is one thing i do like to do with watercolor, it’s experimenting. And it’s been a while i haven’t just done that ! So this week, i’m experimenting with watercolor pencils.

My inspiration picture isn’t very important today, but if you want to see it, here you have it just above this ! On my picture we can see just some anemones on the ground. This flowers are the first blooming here in Stockholm ! But the main subject for this video is watercolor pencils. For a long time i didn’t like it, but now i can tell that i didn’t like it because i didn’t know how to use them !

I’m saying exactly the same in my video but i do think it’s truly important so i’ll tell it again here : do not buy the boxes with selected colors (unless you do really like/want the colors !). As the pencils are not made to be mixed together, it’s not possible to create new colors from primary colors. This is why i don’t recommend the boxes but i do recommend buying the color you like really or you’re sure you’ll use. That’s why i have Indanthrene blue, it’s a color i use a lot right now and i’ve also chosen Chromium green opaque because it’s quite similar to the greens i mix usually. So i’ve created my own little set of color i’m sure to like and use. And since then i’m using watercolor pencils a lot more !

I’m using this tool mostly for sketching because i find that they are adding energy and interesting textures to a sketch. For now i haven’t use them for a bigger watercolor painting, but i can see myself using them in this kind of painting too.

Watercolor pencils in video

Supplies :
Brush : Escoda aquario nº18.
Paper : Saunder Waterford rough 190gsm.
Colors : Indanthrene blue (Sennelier), Mayan yellow (Daniel Smith), Rose madder lake (Sennelier), Burnt sienna (Schmincke), Quinacridone gold (Daniel Smith).
Pencils Albrecht Dürer (Faber-Castell) : Naples yellow, Earth green, Chromium green opaque, Caput Mortuum violet, Van Dyck brown.

And here you have my final sketch (click to enlarge) :

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