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Watercolor Pencil again

March 12, 2008

I had something of a breakthrough this morning when I realized I had to stop drawing with my wc pencils and then adding water.  I couldn’t control it at all.  Here I’ve tried dipping the pencils in water  and working directly in “paint mode” on wet and dry paper, and splattering with my water brush.  I also find that water brushes are easier to control than traditional brushes dipped in water.

So I’m getting there….This is the very first one – that hasn’t gone directly into the bin in over a week.  I hope I’ll make progress more quickly now!

Thanks for all the friendly comments when I was getting desperate – they really helped.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. March 12, 2008 1:25 pm

    I like the way this turned out. I haven’t done a lot with watercolor pencils. When I have, I’ve drawn with the pencils and then added water. The results are usually unpredictable and never quite the way I want them. i’ll have to try your “paint mode” technique sometime.

  2. March 12, 2008 3:49 pm

    Yay for your breakthrough, Casey! I’m glad you persisted because this is just beautiful.

  3. March 12, 2008 3:57 pm

    This looks really great Casey…glad you’ve found the way that works for you…it turned out beautifully clear with each colour nicely standing on its own, nice atmosphere…it’s all there. So now we can look forward to more!

  4. sandy permalink
    March 12, 2008 4:04 pm

    Oh Casey, this is YOU – just glorious, bright and vibrant and thank you for sharing yet another technique – and Post More!

  5. March 12, 2008 6:35 pm

    This is super! I think you’ve found something that might work for you with the pencils.

    I love your DVD still sketches too – what a good idea when it’s too rotten outside to go out.

  6. March 13, 2008 4:25 am

    This is PERFECT! Maybe this technique will work for me; I have them but never use them, I’ll try this.

  7. March 13, 2008 8:34 pm

    LOVE the painting and now can’t wait to try your “wet first” technique.

  8. March 13, 2008 9:47 pm

    I don’t know what you’re talking about, this drawing looks pretty. Keep at it 🙂

    – Lee (Blogger, Drawn In Black)

  9. March 13, 2008 11:04 pm

    Glad you resolved this – and so beautifully too. That spot of fuschia is terrific, and I love the way you’ve nestled the house among the greens.

  10. March 15, 2008 10:10 pm

    I love these Casey – just the other day I was wondering if you might be using them in a way that was not working for you. I use them by dipping them or using a wet brush directly onto the point of the pencil. I guess I never really liked the drawing part of the WC pencils, just that they are convenient ways of carrying water colors.
    Good luck, keep going!

  11. March 16, 2008 9:07 am

    Well there you go, Casey, that’s beautiful. I particularly love the way the marks are more defined at the top of the painting and then drift into that lovely soft pattern of colours at the bottom.

  12. March 16, 2008 7:32 pm

    Hey, really nice! I tired the wc pencil last week…didn’t post becuase it was awful! i realized it’s so differenct from the way I approach a watercolor. You are doing great and good to see you taking control of this new medium. This sketch is really lovely with it’s bright color!

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