Sunday, May 25, 2008

Watercolour Your World

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to use watercolour pencils? Let me tell you a little bit about them.

Before I continue, it is most important to tell you about the ink pad you should use to stamp out your image. You probably guessed, it is Stazon. If you think you have a permanent black ink, please test it on a scrap piece of paper prior to diving into your good image. If you do not use a proper ink, your image will be all smeared.

Watercolour pencils look rich, and vibrant, when you hold them in your hand, and look soft, and subtle, when you are done. Do not confuse them for regular pencil crayons. These coloured pencils are water-soluable. What does that mean? It means that you use a brush and water to blend the colour.

Many of you are familiar with the plastic pens that hold water, with a brush at the tip. This is what is used by many artists, but because stampers work with images that have small areas, the best product to use is simply a professional brush and water (to the side).

Colour your image like you would with a regular coloured pencil. Being neat is not necessary. Next, dip your brush into the water, tap it lightly onto a paper towel to remove excess water, and blend your colour. If you really want to get creative, add colours opposite to each other on the colour wheel. You will be amazed with the results; they help to make your image really pop. When you do this, add just a small dot of the second colour into areas here and there.

Do you have to use watercolour paper? Not necessarily, but recommended. If I am doing a small image, I will use regular white cardstock, and I will make sure that my brush is almost dry because the paper will buckle if there is too much water. Watercolour paper is made specifically for watercolour paint and pencils. It prevents your colours from blending together and getting muddy.

There are many different grades of paper. Play around with the various grades and see what works best for you. I use both heavy and light grades, depending on what size image I am using. Small images work well with light grades, while heavier grades are best for large images.

Watercolour paper comes in large sheets, and in booklet form. Buy what best suits you.

Remember, above all, have fun. Don't stress. Practice, experiment, play!


Kim H. said...

WOW what great tips! You are the best!

Thanh said...

Thank you for reminding me that I need to pull out my watercolour pencils!

LaurenceB said...

Hi Beth ,
I'm back after a "few" days off !
you have made great cards and I've loved your tutorials , particularly the one with the Utee .
Stamping hugs

Heather Grow said...

Thanks for the tips. You make it sound easy.

malieta said...

TFS the wonderful tips regarding watercolor pencils Beth!
Your results are amazing!!!

Marnie said...

OOOH Love your watercoloring it's wonderful you shared how you do it! Thank you!

Velta said...

Thank you Beth for that tutorial on water colored pencils...I love reading about your ideas and techniques! Thanks for sharing this one too :)

Ila said...

Wow!! great watercolor pencil I feel like I need to get them out....Thanks for the fabulous info!!

Kathi Rerek said...

Wonderful tips. Thanks for sharing them!

Heather said...

I love watercolor pencils. Have you seen the Inktense variety by Derwent? they are my new favorites because once a layer of color dries it is permenant so you can layer more colors on top and they won't muddy.

I don't sell them- I just like them a lot!

evelynn said...

Thanks for the tutorials I really appreciate them.