Watercolor Pencil Painting

Watercolor Pencil Painting


Watercolor Pencil Painting

Hello crafty readers!  I needed some artwork for my boys’ room. So instead of paying outrageous money for a few prints from the store, I decided to make my own. I decided to try watercolor pencils {my first time using them!} on some bird and owl coloring sheets.  The watercolor pencils were very easy to use and they helped me to create the perfect set of owl watercolor paintings for my boys’ room! I am definitely a fan of watercolor pencils now.

Watercolor Pencil Techniques

by: Jessica @ Dear Emmeline

Materials

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-Trim a piece of mix media paper to measure 8.5″ x 11″.

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-Scan and print bird print from Audubon’s Birds of America coloring book* onto trimmed mix media paper.

*The Audubon’s Birds of America copyright allows copying of up to 4 images for personal crafting use.

-Use watercolor pencils to color print.  Color with close strokes drawn with light pressure.  To vary and darken colors you can overlap strokes of different colors.

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-Use a paintbrush to paint over the pencil strokes.  Work in small sections and blot off excess water and pigment on a paper towel.

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1 & 2) Color image with watercolor pencils  3 & 4) Use a paintbrush to moisten pencil strokes.

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-Extending the water strokes over the image lines, aka getting a little sloppy, creates a really beautiful look.

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I’m excited to add our new watercolor owls to the gallery wall planned for the boys’ room.

Have you ever used watercolor pencils?  What did you think of them?  Do you have any tips for how to use them?

Watercolor Pencil Painting

Don’t stop there! Find MORE inspiration on Pinterest!

 

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  1. 1

    Let’s make it official … I’ve heard of watercolor pencils before, but *hangs head in shame* have always been a bit skeptic what the result would look like. Now that I see the beautiful images you made, I must say that I wouldn’t have guessed you’ve used them instead of “real” watercolors. I really think I’ll have to try watercolor pencils out some time too. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. 2

    Let’s make it official … I’ve heard of watercolor pencils before, but *hangs head in shame* have always been a bit skeptic what the result would look like. Now that I see the beautiful images you made, I must say that I wouldn’t have guessed you’ve used them instead of “real” watercolors. I really think I’ll have to try watercolor pencils out some time too. Thanks for the inspiration!

    P.S.: There was an error while posting my comment, so here I go again (hopefully it won’t post twice now).

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      Jessica D

      I wasn’t sure how they would look either but was pleasantly surprised! I want to try some freehand sketching and see how they look.

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