With WCPs the important considerations are
- how much does the hue/ intensity change between its dry and wet state
- how much pressure to apply with the pencil vs how much water to use in the watercolour wash.
These are basic (possibly too obvious) issues but it takes time to get to know your materials and how to achieve the results you want. Hey! this is what I cover in Foundations Lesson 1, isn’t it? 🙂
Note: When I use WCPs I always want to keep some of the pencil marks so that I get the most out of the fact that it is a watercolour pencil. I never use it as a substitute for watercolour but rather think of it as a water-soluble drawing tool.
With CPs I was exploring how much ‘resist’ the pencil created when I painted over it. It seems that the most interesting results were achieved when the value of the pencil was similar to the value of the paint. I also explored the effect of applying pencil (particularly lighter pencil) over a watercolour wash.
Of course, there are lots more experiments that I could do, but this page was done towards the end of my break to explore the effects I was trying to achieve in my blue gum sketches.
After I published the previous article with ‘all’ my blue gum sketches I did another one! This is a 12-minute sketch done at Davidson Park on Saturday morning. The last in the series.
Do you combine pencils (either CPs or WCPs) with watercolour? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
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