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Tutorial: Painting with watercolor pencils

I haven't used watercolors in years. I actually didn't have those anymore. I had three watercolor pencils, and I felt like doing something lighter, like I wrote earlier. So blue, green and black. What to do? I started to sketching tulips. Tulips in vase, individual tulips and at same time reminding myself, about how to work with those. I did a painting about what I was going to write, but then I toughed that this is good opportunity for new tutorial. So I made second painting and at this time I took photos from every step.



I forgot to take a picture from first sketch, so this is how the tulip looked after sketching and first time painting with water. Sketch as soft you can! Don't scare mistakes! You can fix those later easier then you might believe. I used 0.25 brush, so the smallest I had. At this point I used as little amount of water I could because I wanted to have clear lines. The photo under this is for this point. Let the painting try completely dry. It's the worse thing with this style, but dissolve the problem by making multiple works at once, or like painting and watching Netflix at same time.


When work is dry, sketch the next layer. I wanted to make centers lighter, so I added more color just to sides. When you are working with multiple colors and using just one pencil and water jar, paint always the lighter color at first and be careful if you are using colors that aren't working together. Like don't mix orange and blue if you don't want brown into your work! But that's also great way for painting with multiple colors and mixing your own colors, like with regular paints. I painted blue at first, because if there is any pigments in the brush the green color just goes darker. So just makes it to look more natural.  While work will dry, there is a good moment to wash your pencil and change the water.


I painted from sides to center. You can use more water if you want color wider area.  Using light, thin layers is the way to make texture to life-looking. Or you can first paint the color, then add more water to brush and dissolve the lines.


I accidentally added black to the flower, but any actual flower isn't perfect, so it's not a problem. Just remember to wash the brush right after painting with black.





You can finish the work with darker details by adding the water at first. and then drawing with water color pencil. If you want line area without the effect watercolors will give, you can use wax crayons. With finish work is really important to remember that humidity makes the colors to run, so don't touch with wet hands, You can try finish it with finishing pray, but I don't have experience about with other works then coal drawings. I choose to frame this work. @FromMadeByMeri


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