Archive | September 2014

Energy of colours

Energy of colours. Neocolor II watersoluble wax crayons on watercolour paper

Only recently I learnt that you can also take pigment off the crayons with a damp brush and use them as watercolour pans. I had to try this because I work rather small and the crayons are difficult to use for detailed work.

This painting has the size of a postcard. The intensity of the colours was a surprise to me. However I am still experimenting with the proper amount of water in the brush – lately I got the impression that I got it right when I took the brush tip between my fingers, giving it a delicate squezze (By the way this also applies to watercolour pencils!).


Tulip. Watercolour pencils on drawing cardboard. September 2014

This is one of the exercises we did in the Watercolour pencils online course. Here again I used the method of taking the pigment from the pencil with a damp brush.

More sketches and notes

Elf and a piece of wood.

I am still painting and drawing with watercolour pencils. For the piece of wood I used almost all the brown watercolour pencils I have, and for the leaves around the head of the elf almost all my green watercolour pencils. I like the way you can shade and leave highlights with them.

The turtle and the Ribbon

Happy birthday, turtle! Watercolour on heavy drawing cardboard. September 2014

Just now I’m taking a watercolour pencils online course, and one of the tasks was to draw and paint a ribbon. Before doing that I had begun drawing the turtle, after downloading a digital stamp as a kind of reference. I’m fascinated by those watercolour pencils, and I want to paint with them as often as possible.

By the way, you still can join Dion Dior’s online class. For further information go here.

Sketching and taking notes

Doing some sketches and taking notes.

This is the first page of my sketch “book”. It is not a book, but a collection of sheets of paper with sketches and notes. As you can see in the scan above, I did some sketches of flowers and leaves and added the colour of the pencils I used.

Throughout these sketches I used the technique of putting pigment off my pencils with a wet brush. I am still learning how to do it – how much water to put on the brush, how to take off some water off the brush by dipping it on a paper towel.

Bee Eater

Bee eater. Watercolour pencils on drawing cardboard. September 2014

I use to go through my tv journals, old wall calendars and materials like this in order to look for references or sources of inspiration. When I saw photos of this bird in an old journal (unfortunately the name of the photographer was not given), I felt attracted by the beautiful colours and by the pose of the bird.

I didn’t use watercolour paper this time. I have a stack of rather heavy drawing cardboard sheets left, and hoped that it would not buckle up too much. It did, but only a bit.

For the background I took pigment from the tops of my pencils with a very small wet brush.

Blue flowers

Blue flowers. Watercolour pencils on drawing cardboard. September 2014

I decided to re-activate my watercolour pencils and play around with them. I enjoyed doing this painting although it showed me how much I still have to learn regarding mixing colours – as you can see in the smaller flower. However you can only learn by practice, and practise I will.