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Watercolor Pencils Step by Step. And Some Sketching.
Watercolor Pencils - Step by Step and a Few Tools.
Below is a picture of my "Dream Project."
It's so hard to do; I feel like I'm wasting paper; no, they say, this is practice.
I'm not quitting, but I want to. I'm not doing much watercoloring, because I can't get perfection the first try.
My fear of failure keeps attacking.
I've paused from watercolors and have experimented with doing some Photo Shop Elements water coloring. See Below.
I've been teaching myself how to paint with watercolor pencils.
Learning watercolor pencil on-line and using some informative books.
I'll be highlighting the stages step-by-step that I go through to accomplish a final project.
I'll be as transparent as possible, and feature all my tools I purchase or discover.
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Welcome to my GIANT learning curve journey of Watercolor Pencils.
Here is a picture of my pencils. I've been doing several practice sessions out of the book called "Watercolor 1 Beginners Guide Book One by Walter Foster.
What is it about sharpening pencils? - When I'm finished with a project - I sharpen them - to get ready for the next inspiration.Click thumbnail to view full-size
I love water coloring, and watercolor pencils are so versatile.
Once I'm done "creating" I have to sharpen the pencils and put them in RAINBOW color order for my next project.
My watercolor pencils have served me well.
What an awesome tool. The pencil can be used simply as a pencil, or you can shave the pigment off the pencil and get the shavings wet to use as a palette, or scrub some of the pigment onto a paper you're not using and get that wet with a brush and paint, I like all the varieties of painting strictly with the pencil. Spatter painting is a great technique. I've learned from books and from YouTube how-to videos.
DREAM PROJECT - I want to watercolor this photo!!
Step by Step Watercolor Step One Sketch
Step by Step Watercolor Step Two - Mask and start background wash
Step by Step Watercolor Step 3 Details
A trip to the art supply store with a gift card to spend.
Yep, that's how all this started.
I knit! I weave! I ride a motorcycle!
I love colors, I love scenic nature, taking pictures, and simply sitting and enjoying the open air. I took a gift card to Michaels to shop for yarn (what else?) and ended up in the painting aisle. I honestly was thinking of my daughter-in-law who paints with mixed media and wondering if there were items she did not have, or would enjoy adding to her selection of tools.
In that aisle, holding a gift card and a 40% off coupon for Derwent pencil sets, I caved.
I'm now the proud owner of the 24 Watercolour watercolor pencils, along with a Artist's Loft basics watercolor Art Case with the square cakes, watercolor paint tubes, brushes and sketching pencils. A vinyl eraser, double metal sharpener and plastic palette.
I bought a small visual journal that had watercolor cold press paper 140 lb.
I've added a picture of one of my first paintings in that spiral book.
I Went Straight to Watercolor Pencils ...
Then Regrouped and Started Sketching.
If I had quit with the sketch and some light colors, along with some highlights and shading, I would be happier with my first painting.
Frustrated I went to Barnes and Noble and bought a big book called "Drawing Masterclass" by Barrington Barber. It impressed me because the introduction says, "If you want to make the most of the art of drawing, look no further ... "
It has a DVD that literally steps you through drawing 101 ... literally.
For example, the photo here is my first sketch!
A watercolor flower I painted early on in my learning process
This is the Book I Used to Learn Technique - Buy this one on Amazon
I actually found this one on sale. It was $12.98. It is worth 4 times that much with the DVD.
It starts with simple shapes, and shadow, then goes into detail, lighting, faces, etc. It makes the process seem so simple and is easy to follow.
Yes I Watercolored This Flower. - When I finished it I sent a photo of it to my sister who paints professionally.
PhotoShop Watercolor Touch Up of the Bear Country Clouds photo below
Watercolor with the Wacom App for iPad
I'm all about learning step-by-step online. Free online courses. - Learning from Mark Crilley videos on Youtube.
This is my first attempt using his videos.
Just search Mark Crilley on Youtube.
One of my favorites by Mark Crilley - See ya later, once you start his videos you'll never return here.
I'm so fascinated with his method and teaching style. Great instructor.
Clouds looming over Bear Country in South Dakota
Ahhh! The scenery in Arizona.
I see a crowd - do you?
Watercolor Pencil - Field of Flowers
I learned the flowers and crowd techniques here:
- Some tips for getting started.
What not to do. A list of my initial mistakes.