Today we are starting a Group Timetable for my Foundations course! I’m not going to be doing a formal “Foundations Friday” series here on the blog as I normally do (see an index of articles here) but I do intend to work along with the group as much as I can.
Lesson 1 is all about Knowing (and loving) our materials and my usual approach is to spend the week sketching with something in my kit which I’m not using much. This year I’m choosing my watercolour pencils (WCPs) – just as I did in 2020!
It’s really interesting to read about my strategies from last year and realise that so far I haven’t done much alternating between line and colour. Since Monday, my main approach has been to draw in pencil, add shading/texture and then add a little watercolour paint (rather than just water) over the top.
The two main reasons why I add paint over the top is to prevent the colour going flat (which often happens if you just apply water) and to be able to adjust the hue.
Today I tried combining watercolour pencil (with watercolour over the top) with an ink drawing. This seems like a lot of work but it could work on location when I don’t feel like getting my paints out. I could draw with ink, add some colour and texture with the WCPs and then when back home, I could add water/paint.
Here is a colour chart of my selection – the left side of each swatch shows the result when a little water is added and the right side includes the corresponding paint (from my current palette) added over the top.
Ah! it’s fun to go back to using WCPs again… and it’s only the start of the week. A change is as good as a holiday!