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November 14, 2016
All of a sudden, I have fallen in love with watercolor pencils again. I used to use them more in my early art journaling explorations, nearly 17 years ago, but I sort of forgot about them.
While recently planning for an adult art workshop, I wanted to introduce the class participants to a user-friendly art supply with versatility. Aha! Watercolor pencils!!
And since I was having so much fun with watercolor pencils, I decided to incorporate them into this post for artistcellar, too!
Note: The Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils sold on artistcellar are of superior quality. Here’s a link to a video (created by ColoringKaria) that shows you many ways to use these fabulous watercolor pencils: https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_3538991757&feature=iv&src_vid=zSe119-1ZXs&v=VZ8Wi15RXXw
Note: There are many, many kinds of watercolor pencils on the market. If you are curious to see how different brands compare to one another, I found this video helpful (created by MyOwn Stuff): https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_3538991757&feature=iv&src_vid=zSe119-1ZXs&v=VZ8Wi15RXXw
Now for the step by step tutorial on the mixed media art I created on Mineral Paper.
Color inside the lines you traced in a way that pleases you. Keeping the stencil in place can be helpful.
Wet a brush and smooth out the watercolor pencil coloring you just did.
Tip: Swipe excess water out of the brush before painting. If it’s too wet, the water seeps under the stencil.
Play with the possibilities of watercolor pencils and a wet paintbrush.
Draw concentric circles with the watercolor pencils, in purple and blue, around the labyrinth. Wet the colored pencil work with a brush.
Drip Dye-Na-Flow in Midnight Blue around the paper.
Tip: Turn your paper upside down to get a new perspective.
Drip Bright Green Dye-Na-Flow around your paper.
Drop rubbing alcohol (90% isopropyl alcohol) onto the wet areas of your paper and watch what happens!
Squint your eyes and notice if you see enough contrast. Notice if there are any other colors you feel need to be added. (For me, I felt like a warm pink was needed. I decided to draw some plant-like shapes all around, including through the wet puddles of color).
Tip: Making an artful mess is fun! Try to enjoy the experience of exploration.
Drop more alcohol and tilt your paper in different directions for the drips to do their thing.
Unify the piece by adding sweeps of liquid watercolor. (I chose to use some neon liquid watercolor purchased at Blick).
Drop more alcohol onto the outside edges of the labyrinth where you traced with ballpoint pen. Watch the alcohol dissolve the ink and make some of the lines blur.
Tip: Not all pens are dissolved by alcohol, so do a test on a separate sheet of paper to check your pen’s solubility.
Finally, let dry and then enjoy your finished piece!
I hope you feel inspired to play with watercolor pencils. They are versatile, portable, and fun!
I hope you feel inspired to play with inks and rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol), because it’s a really fun technique to try.
May you continue to honor your creative spirit through exploration and play, even if you call yourself a professional artist.
I will leave you with this quote:
“Play keeps us vital and alive. It gives us an enthusiasm for life that is irreplaceable. Without it, life just doesn’t taste good” -Lucia Capocchione
Blessings and Peace to you,
Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com
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