Great tip for using watercolour pencils

Strathmore shares some very good videos on youtube. This video is worth watching as it is more than the usual ‘just add water’ advice. Sarah Becktel demonstrates using watercolor pencils and shares some useful techniques and tips.

I particularly liked the idea of creating a paper palette from swatches. Not only would it be handy to carry around when sketching outside but if you used it constantly you would really know how each pencil colour behaved.

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12 Responses to Great tip for using watercolour pencils

  1. Marg Roberts says:

    Thanks Sharon. Just amazing and I wish I could draw. I have lots of water colour pencils (metallic too) but those days are over. I will certainly forward this to my granddaughter, Kate, as she is about to complete her degree on graphic design.

  2. Julie says:

    Do you hold classes/get together a on weekdays?

  3. Odarka says:

    Perhaps I should view this on laptop? On iPad, when I click on play arrow, I get a message that the video does not exist.

  4. Odarka says:

    Great video! Thank you!

  5. Christina F says:

    Thanks Sharon. I have several different sets of water colour pencils and this is all good advice. Has she done other such videos, do you know?

    • sharonb says:

      HI Chris yes Strathmore have done a series on working with pencils – if you click on the Youtube icon in the right hand bottom corner of the movie you will go to the you tube page – Once there on the right hand side usually they list the other movies in the series.

  6. I’ve used the paper palette/swatch idea for a long time – since I got my first pencils from Derwent. They have some great tutorials and ideas on their website. I also use the free artist selection colour dot sample cards from Daniel Smith. With a water brush and pen/pencil they are the lightest and easiest palettes ever – and hold a reasonable amount of pigments too!

    • sharonb says:

      I will have to find out where I can get the colour dot sample cards from Daniel Smith and try them as it sounds a great way to travel light!

  7. Juno says:

    thanks Sharon. I have been wanting to go over some of the notes from your journaling class. This is just the boost that I needed

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