Simple watercolour pencil techniques for beginners? Absolutely! With scrumptious results that don’t look beginner AT ALL with my great tips!
Pretty cards like this are just a quick read away.
Easy, understated, yet bold and classy at the same time. Not to mention, so quick to make yourself with my tips and technique below.
And this design is ideal with the beautiful mixed font in the Illuminated Christmas stamp set. Let’s take a closer look at the card.
Isn’t that sheen gorgeous? And how about that simple single pink diamond at the bottom?
So what’s one of the greatest things about using watercolour pencils? You get tons of colours (and colour options) in one little package. And be sure to check out my “You Gotta Have ‘Em” blog post for my Top Ten Reasons I LUVH water-colour pencils.
Plus you only really need three supplies:
- your pencils
- an Aquapainter and
- some paper.
So what colour pencils did I use for this Illuminated Christmas card?
From top to bottom, they are Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry and Real Red. Set against the crisp white, they’re a unique combination for the holidays.
I’ve put my BEST tips together whether you’re just starting out or an old pro. So let’s dive in.
Simple Watercolor Pencil Techniques for Beginners
- Use good quality paper. Watercolour paper is your best bet for achieving the blended and translucent, “water-y” look.
- Stamp your message in Jet Black StazOn ink (or the old Archival Basic Black if you have photopolymer stamps) for the best permanent staying power.
- Lightly colour pencils in graduated colours. I like to start with my lightest and move into my darkest for the best effect.
- Press lightly rather than heavily to avoid leaving marks in the paper.
- Use a swirling motion to colour so you avoid strong lines of colour.
- Gently overlap colours where one meets another. Not only will you create a totally new colour, it will seamlessly blend into the next one.
- Ensure your AquaPainter has a clean tip (wipe it on a piece of paper towel first) and a good amount of water. (Squeeze out more water into the reservoir to start.)
- Lightly brush plain water over top of water-colour pencils, starting with the lightest colour and moving through to darkest. Your colours will blend as you move from one to another which is great.
- If you want to go back to a lighter colour and add more water, clean your brush first. (Squeeze out more water until it runs clear. then use it)
- Let your piece dry completely. (Although you can use a heat tool to quicken this up, I choose to let my pieces air dry. You won’t get harsh dry lines if you allow it to dry naturally.)
I also decided to add lots of glimmer with my Wink of Stella directly over top of my watercolour background. Once again, I let this dry completely before adhering my Petal Pink gemstone at the bottom.
I also chose to cut my piece with very little white space on each side so the colour jumps off the page.
Other Card Details
I picked out one colour from the four watercolour pencils I used to make a thin matting for my watercoloured piece. Rich Razzleberry was my choice.
Then I framed it with a piece of Silver Foil paper to pick up the shine of the Wink of Stella.
Next I used foam adhesive strips to mount and add some height and “solidity” (is that a word😊?) to my piece.
The pretty Tufted embossed background on a piece of regular Whisper White is the last framed panel. This is directly adhered onto my thick Whisper White card base.
Don’t forget about your inside. I made a second small strip with the same colours and adhered it inside to pull the card together.
So have you pulled out your set of watercolour pencils? Better go grab them, along with your Aquapainter and water-colour paper and get started!
Play with all the colours! See how many different backgrounds you can make with simple watercolour pencil techniques for beginners. Need some supplies or want to pick up these awesome tools? I’ve got all the supplies here for you.
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Watercolor Pencil Techniques for Beginners