Watercolor Pencil Techniques for Coloring + Faber-Castell Giveaway!

5 Watercolor Pencil Techniques for ColoringThere’s an entire world of possibilities with watercolor pencils that most people don’t know about. Don’t just blend with water, but try these 5 watercolor pencil techniques to create a textured and colorful work of art.

Choose from any of our Coloring Studio Gift Bundles to get started creating your very own watercolor masterpiece.

For this coloring page by Mary Chamberlain, I combined all the different techniques on different parts of the page. The mixing and matching creates a lot of interesting textures and it is the unified color palette that ties the whole page together.

5 Watercolor Pencil Techniques for Coloring1. Watercolor with Gesso Blend Technique

Watercolor Pencil Techniques for Coloring: Watercolor with Gesso Blend Technique

This technique creates an almost ethereal appearance. It is very similar to the traditional watercolor technique in appearance, but lightens everything up just a touch so that the colors all become matte and muted.

Watercolor Pencil Techniques for Coloring: Watercolor with Gesso Blend Technique

Color the entire page as desired with watercolor pencils, then blend the page with a layer of gesso. Work only one color at a time, and rinse in between. If the color becomes too pale, you can let everything dry, then repeat the process using a more watered down gesso.

2. Pencil Shavings Technique

Watercolor Pencil Techniques for Coloring: Pencil Shavings Technique

Begin with a basic color wash or a blank page. Using a pocket knife, create small shavings of lead and allow them to fall randomly on the page. Spritz page with a mister or spray bottle to develop the color on the page.

3. Wet Watercolor Pencil Technique

Watercolor Pencil Techniques for Coloring: Wet Watercolor Pencil Technique

This technique creates a smoother line and doesn’t require any additional blending. Dip the watercolor pencil directly into the water to create a smooth line of vivid color. You can also redip the pencil as needed to blend out any imperfections.

4. Traditional Watercolor Pencil Technique

Watercolor Pencil Techniques for Coloring: Traditional Watercolor Pencil Technique

For the traditional technique, color your page with watercolor pencil, then blend with a waterbrush.

This technique requires very little water and you can get good control of the pigments if you use a waterbrush.

5. Dry Watercolor Pencil

Watercolor pencils can also be used in the same way as colored pencils. This is great when looking to fill small areas that would bleed when blended with water.

 

Enter to Win Your Own Set of Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils from Faber-Castell!

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Our friends at Faber-Castell have graciously provided this set of Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils for this giveaway — that’s a $64.75 value!

Enter our Faber-Castell Giveaway!

Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils allow you to add watercolor painting effects to your projects.  Simply use a wet paintbrush (included) to brush over your design and the richly pigmented water-soluble leads turn into permanent, waterproof and lightfast watercolor.  Apply a wash of color to stamped images or create beautiful backgrounds for cards and scrapbook pages.

Click here for more information about this amazing product.

To Enter:

1) Share your favorite image above on Pinterest or Facebook by pinning or liking the image.

2) If you pinned to Pinterest, share the link in the comments section below. If you “liked” on Facebook, tag us so we can see.

3) If you don’t have Facebook or Pinterest, please comment below and tell us your favorite technique using watercolor pencils.

 Faber-Castell Giveaway

Winners will be randomly selected from the comments below for our giveaway and contacted via email. Contest is open to U.S. residents only, and ends 01/31/16 at 11:59pm PST.

 

 

 

 

 

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195 Responses to “Watercolor Pencil Techniques for Coloring + Faber-Castell Giveaway!”

  1. Lisa Brown says:

    pinned https://www.pinterest.com/pin/277675133255598240/
    thanks!
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  2. Carla Hundley says:

    Lovely work. Pinned at this address:
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/52846995607671678/
    Carla from Utah

  3. Carla Hundley says:

    Liked and shared
    on FaceBook also.
    Carla from Utah

  4. Tonya Reese says:

    I love the idea of gesso blended pencil and the effect!

  5. Llynn Huntley says:

    MY FAVORITE TECHNIQUE IS SPRITZING THE PAPER WITH WATER AND THREN DRAWING WITH THE WATERCOLOR PENCILS.

  6. Sheila Wayne says:

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/78179743512238368/

    Loved the idea of using gesso with watercolors. I would never thought of using gesso. Love how the colors come out. Light & Airy.

  7. Gena Sumner says:

    I would have to say the Wet Watercolor Pencil Technique is my favorite. I have only used the Traditional Method, so I look forward to trying this new technique!

  8. laurie moudy says:

    Shared on Pinterest!
    https://www.pinterest.com/lauriemoudy/giveaways/

    I loved seeing new techniques on how to use water color pencils!

  9. nancy dempsey says:

    I like to color with watercolor pencils and then go over it with a water brush.

  10. Bridget haig says:

    https://www.pinterest.com/bridgetorgidget/coloring-printables-patterns/

    Thanks for the chance to win such lovely art tools.

  11. Terry G. says:

    I liked the idea of using gesso with watercolor pencils. Will be interesting to explore this technique.

  12. Marian R says:

    Really enjoy the pastel type effect the gesso lends the watercolor pencil; + it makes it permanent to additional layers.

  13. Missy says:

    Pencil shaving technique is my favorite.

  14. Cathy Choy says:

    I recently learned to put down the blobs of color first and ink afterwards. I use a water brush and touch the tips of my pencils so I don’t have to carry a water container.

  15. MARTHAIA says:

    Liked & Shared on face book,,,,love this magazine !!!!

  16. Lauree says:

    i can’t wait to try the pencil shavings method. that one is new to me…that can be my favorite, right?

  17. Ellette says:

    Wow that gesso technique is great. Would love to explore the many uses of watercolor pencils. Thank you!

  18. Ann says:

    WOW! Such a beautiful watercolored page above. I love watercoloring and all the techniques you shared. I am a big fan of your coloring books and have been buying them since the start of their publishing. I have been wanting these Art Grip Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils ever I first saw them about a year ago, so I can’t tell you how happy I would be to win them, thanks for the chance. I pinned here, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/63331938490254405/

  19. judy stocker says:

    My favorite technique is to color my page with a watercolor pencil, then blend with a waterbrush. It allows me to vary the effect.

  20. Rochelle J says:

    I like the pencil shaving technique. I’ve never seen that one before. I will try that technique out very soon. Thank you!

  21. Thalia Kottke says:

    I like the idea of using gesso with the watercolor pencils, very nice result.

  22. Verlene Davidson says:

    I found the pencil shaving technique very interesting. Usually I draw and then add the water.

  23. J. Byers says:

    I posted this image to Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/561613016017683955/
    Oh my, these Faber-Castell Aquarelle watercolor pencils look soooo inspiring. Thank you Stampington for offering such a lovely Giveaway. I wish I had them right now so I could start creating. :-)

  24. Teresa says:

    I love the watercolor with Gesso technique! Can’t wait to try it!

  25. Emily Nilson says:

    Pinned… https://www.pinterest.com/pin/262897696977707309/
    Would love to try these watercolor pencils!

  26. MelodyJ says:

    I would like to use thr . Wet Watercolor Pencil Technique

  27. Brenda F-O says:

    I like to color in with highlighters and then go over with pencils, softening and blending with water brushes.

  28. Lya Lin says:

    I like to blend in colors by using water brush to achieve soften effects. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful set! Merry Christmas!

  29. jan says:

    I love to use my w/c pencils as my palette. I just take color from the pencil with my water brush. Do I win if I tell you the date of the end of this give away is Jan 31st of 2016?! It’s ok we know you meant 2017. I pinned!

  30. Jeanette Jones says:

    I love to color or paint with watercolor pencils by simply coloring areas of my picture with the dry pencil and then brushing over them with plain water. I use a water brush or a Blender. I absolutely love using the blender as I always feel I have better control.
    I am going to have to try the gesso method, looks so interesting.
    Jeanette

  31. Pat G says:

    The gesso blend is my favorite technique. It has a soft smooth look.

  32. Kim says:

    I like to color over damp areas with watercolor pencil to get intense color.

  33. New to me technique for a great matte effect.

  34. Sandra says:

    I loved the pencil shavings idea! I have shaved crayons, but never pencils. I can’t wait to try this technique! Thanks!

  35. Elaine says:

    I’d like to try using the gesso and waterbrush techniques with watercolor pencils. Thank you for all your suggestions.

  36. Ginny Markley says:

    My favorite technique is using a light coat of gesso over the pencil and letting the color bleed through.

  37. Andrea Beshuk says:

    LOVE the watercolors with the gesso technique – definitely one I am trying!

  38. Jen E says:

    I pinned to Mixed Media Minis at:
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/502151427187481094/
    AND
    I’m sending this post to myself for my students at college since I teach watercolor along with other media as an adjunct in Advertising & Graphic Design.

  39. I love the pencil shavings technique. The Gesso is interesting but I’m more into bright, bold coloring instead of the faint, subdued look. Thanks for sharing these different techniques.

  40. louise koslofsky says:

    Coloring!!!!

  41. Ann C says:

    Beautiful colors to work with. The best of the
    best!

  42. Marguerite Hall says:

    I absolutely love painting with watercolors but have never used watercolor pencils.

  43. My favorite technique is the traditional watercolor pencil technique. I find the colors are intense and do just what I want them to!

  44. Mary says:

    My favorite watercolor pencil technique is to color an area, blend with water and add more color.

  45. Monika Rueda says:

    I definitely need help with watercolor techniques! Still learning… Pinned at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/78813062209478208/

  46. Kat says:

    Love the pencil shaving technique and can’t wait to try it if I win this set of watercolor pencils!!!

  47. Anne Rowe says:

    Loved the pencil shavings technique which made the perfect “frame” for this project. Simple and effective.

  48. Jackie says:

    The traditional watercolor pencil technique is my favorite. Thanks for the chance to have my own Own set of Aquarelle watercolor pencils from Faber-Castell ! ! !

  49. Fonda Rush says:

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/178314466476126854/ I wasn’t aware that gesso could go over the watercolor pencil to create a washed-out effect. I pinned it to remind myself. Really neat idea! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  50. Tisa Hosford says:

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/494973815280105307/
    Am I too old to learn to watercolor? Maybe not like this! Thanks for the opportunity & inspiration and Faber-Castell for making these!

  51. Pam Brown says:

    Thanks for these ideas! I love watercolor and have wanted to know if there were other techniques. These will be fun with watercolor pencils.

  52. Esther Perez says:

    Love the Pencil Shavings Technique. Can’t wait to try this.

  53. Robyn says:

    Love the Gesso watercolor technique. Will have to try that one! Thanks for great give-a-way, and great tips!

  54. Susan Bellamy says:

    Facebook
    Don’t forget to try it on fabric . Treat the fabric with Kyrlon workable fixative first then seal with Krylon matte finish.

  55. Claudia Nelson says:

    Absolutely love the Watercolor pencils techniques. Thank you for your inspiration. I have shared this to my Facebook and Pinterest which are both under Claudia Jean Nelson , MERRY Christmas

  56. Becky says:

    Liked and shared on my FB page! Thx

  57. Normajean Brevik says:

    I like to use watercolor pencils on my traditionally painted water color paintings to add highlights and depth.

  58. Deb B says:

    I like the effect I get with water colors, how easy it is to shade, depth of color if I want. Couldn’t you use the shavings from when you sharpen your pencil? Oooh, going to try that. Thanks for the idea.

  59. Jean marmo says:

    I love smooching with watercolors. Great way to make cards. Shared the pencil shavings on fb.

  60. Rita DL says:

    I really liked the pencil shaving technique. I never thought of doing that with my pencils. Thanks for the ideas and the opportunity to win such a great giveaway.

  61. Dorene B. says:

    All the techniques are beautiful but I like the gesso and traditional watercolor techniques the best.

  62. Carol B says:

    I love shaving little bits of the lead into a wet wash for a speckled effect!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

  63. Cindy Morris says:

    I pinned on my watercolor page on Pinterest! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/60587557467955967/. Thank you for the chance to win the awesome colored pencils!! I love learning new techniques!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

  64. Maeve Binder says:

    Watercolor pencils are just awesome, so many uses. Really nice to use when sketching with pen. Convenient too.

  65. April Esterly says:

    These look like a lot of fun! I pinned the picture here:
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/533887730810872107/

  66. Susan Schultheis says:

    I have always used watercolor pencils the traditional way using a watercolor brush, but would love to try with gesso. Thanks!

  67. Susan Schultheis says:

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/215891375867171064/

    I saved the first picture on my pinterest page under “Coloring Books”!

  68. Barb Skinner says:

    The technique of watercolor pencil shaving is intriguing, I have always felt wasteful throwing away the shavings now I will use them for background filler…thanks for the idea!

  69. JC says:

    I like creating a ‘wash’ of colour, smoothed w/a brush, then a light sprinkling of salt to draw the colours. It’s a lighter technique, though similar to, the “pencil shavings” you show above. I, too, would like to work with gesso as a new option! And would love to have the mix of colours shown in the Gift-Pack-Win above!

  70. Rosemary S says:

    I do not have a favorite technique with watercolor pencils yet, but am eager to try them and experiment with them to see what can be done.

  71. I want to try these techniques on my coloring studio pages!

  72. Debbie says:

    Such inspiration. I can’t wait to try this!

  73. Nancy Arenas says:

    I like the pencil shaving technique. Something I will try in the near future. Thanks for sharing all these great ideas.

  74. Sue O. says:

    One of my favorite watercolor pencil techniques is to overlap the dry pencil marks with other colors and then watch them run and blend together when you went them.

  75. I love using watercolor pencils and would enjoy trying the Faber-Castell brand. I pinned at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/265571709257422953/

  76. Carol K says:

    pinned the gesso technique as I would like to try it. . . .my favorite technique as of now is the traditional watercoloring. . . .color, then wet.

  77. Carole Kurth says:

    I love the pencil shavings idea! How wonderful to use ALL the beautiful pigment– not waste any in the trash!

  78. Anne Voss says:

    Shared and tagged! I do love to blend with Watercolor Pencils, and add them to traditional watercolor pieces.

  79. Marcia Dohner says:

    http://pin.it/vjY-lZP
    I am excited to learn these techniques and hope I am the lucky winner. I, sadly, don’t own watercolor pencils, though I have a good collection of colored pencils.

  80. Lynn Martinek says:

    I never ever thought of using gesso with water color pencils. I use these pencils a lot especially in journaling. I can’t wait to try out these techniques mixing water color pencils and gesso washes. What a beautiful muted look this technique provides! Thank you, you have added great techniques to my bag of tricks! I Love it! I’m dancing my way into my art room to try these tricks out!

  81. Laurie Brown says:

    I saved to Pinterest the method using the shavings; I like how it looks like handmade paper with inclusions!
    https://www.pinterest.com/lauriebrown54/art-and-design-2/

  82. barb macaskill says:

    I shared the image of the box of Aquarelles because they would make me so happy! Here is my pin: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/204280533077716846/

  83. Anne Lahr says:

    I guess it would be the surprise you get when you add water. Yummy colors!

  84. MelodyJ says:

    My favorite technique using watercolor pencils is crayon resist.

  85. Andrea says:

    Amazing pencils I hope I win some so I can get drawing . I have not used colouring pencils before so it will be fun to try out.

  86. Katherine says:

    For some reason, I can’t get the pencil shavings image to pin. That’s the image I would pin…if I could. :) Thank you for the chance to win such a cool product!

  87. I want to try ALL of the techniques! especially the gesso……such a pretty effect!

    pinned! :)

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/349029039856777844/

  88. Kathleen Renee says:

    I like to use watercolor pencils to gently color in my stamped images and then wet the colors for a very soft pale color. I also use them to color in my Zentangles!

  89. Jennie says:

    I love these pencils! I only have a few that were handed down to me. I need more!

  90. Marilyn Podoll says:

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/206673070380394142/

    I want to try the gesso effect.

  91. Kelly Kramer says:

    these techniques are all great. I really want to try the gesso one.

  92. Janice Long says:

    Liked the gesso idea! Pinned to Pinterest. Thanks!
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/326229566743527390/

  93. Laura Ramey says:

    I would love new art supplies, especially from Faber Castell. So inspiring.

  94. Debra A Armstrong says:

    I like the pencil shaving and gesso techniques.

  95. Vicki Ernaga says:

    I like the gesso technique. I want to try it! Love those Faber-Castell pencils! Thank you for the chance!

  96. Natalie M says:

    Love these ideas, thanks

  97. Lynn Martinek says:

    WOW! First I tried the gesso wash to get a beautiful muted background. Next, I tried shaving several colors of pencil lead and spritzing with water! AMAZINGLY simple techniques result in a wonderful contrast of muted background with bright bold bits of color floating on top. The razzle dazzle effect! Everything depends on your control of how much gesso/water used in the wash and the amount of water spritzed! There’s lots of variations available just by varying the amount of wet you use in both techniques! LOVE IT!!!!

  98. SandraG says:

    shared on Facebook! Love these ideas

  99. Sue Vrska says:

    Love the way water color pencils blend.

  100. mindy says:

    I like the watercolor pencil GESSO blend technique! I will try my best to get this posted on FB. THANK*YOU!

  101. mindy says:

    I posted two of the images on my fb page…

  102. Aleksa Harkness says:

    This is gorgeous! Makes me even more interested in having my own set of Faber-Castell watercolor pencils. Will definitely post on FB

  103. Ruby says:

    I like using the Wet technique as the colour spreads out in an unpredictable way. It can be bold or soft

  104. Lydia P. says:

    Thanks for the great tips. I’ve never taken any watercolor art classes so this will help me immensely!

  105. Kim Mineer says:

    Wet watercolor pencil is great to get tons of deep color. I’d love to win a set of these pencils! Thanks for the opportunity.

  106. I pinned your gorgeous picture to my ART board:
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/531987774718129549/

    I love lightly brushing with water to blend colors. Thanks for the chance to win a set of your wonderful pencils.

  107. Tara Medrano says:

    Wow!! What Beautiful colored Pencils. I would LOVE to work with them! I am on the eve of publishing my first coloring book of fairies and mermaids, and i would LOVES to paint my designs with them! Beautiful coloring images from Stampington & Company as well. Thanks!

  108. Marilyn Tracey says:

    Liked And Shared on Facebook

  109. Karen Way says:

    Pinned at https://www.pinterest.com/pin/87186942766013865/ My daughter would LOVE this!

  110. Leslie H. says:

    Really like the pencil shavings technique and look forward to trying it. The gesso technique would add lovely mute colors to blend with the bold on the same piece of work.

  111. Sharon Gullikson says:

    I would love these pencils!!!
    I pinned the photo of the pencils.
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/231231762097508204/

  112. Brian Poteraj says:

    I like to use the couple of watercolor pencils I have with simple stamped images. I only color in a couple of spots, very lightly, then add water.

  113. Tina Crow says:

    After shading and blending colors, going over them with a water brush and letting the piece dry, I bring in other media — often ink and marker — to make some areas pop. Thanks.

  114. Robyn says:

    I love to use watercolor pencils to color in images I have stamped on watercolor paper and then of course us a refillable waterbrush pen on it afterword. These images can then be cut out and used in card or ACT making. Blending colors is easy and the water pen makes project working portable.

  115. Linda says:

    I like the wet pencil technique.

  116. Tammy Oviedo says:

    I love how there are so many ways that can be done with watercolors, my favorite is simply to color with the pencils and use a damp paint brush to bring my art to life. Love love love watercolors!!

  117. Gabrielly says:

    I like using the Wet technique as the colour spreads out in some many ways.

  118. Debbie Hight says:

    woooo!!! I have my fingers, toes, legs & arms crossed that I am the winner :-) I have a small set of art grip aquarelle & use them so often!! great product. I watercolor all the time!
    pinned: https://www.pinterest.com/debhight/somerset-life/

  119. John Smith says:

    This would be fantastic to win! This is exactly the kind of thing I am searching for for my own artwork!
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/644648134131585065/

  120. Lena says:

    My favorite is the pencil shavings technique!

  121. Lillian says:

    Love all things gesso! Plan to try watercolor technique with the lighter, brighter spectrum colors on black and colored gessos, too! Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to win a set of Aquarelle.

  122. Kathy S says:

    The pencil shavings technique is really unique. It gives the effect of handmade paper—wow.

  123. Terry Duncan says:

    I like coloring first using the watercolor pencils and then blending using a blender pen or aqua painter, but I’m very interested in using the pencil shavings technique.

  124. Barbara Johnson says:

    I haven’t played with water color pencils. Thank you for sharing the techniques that I am eager to try.

  125. Marcie Lovett says:

    I like wetting the pencil with a paintbrush and using the color on the brush like watercolor.

  126. Deborah Kaye says:

    I really like the pencil shavings technique.
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/77405687325679656/

  127. Barb says:

    I love it when I can see a way to use supplies in a new way the shavings is very nice way to use every part of your pencils.thanks for showing it.

  128. Kathleen B says:

    I prefer the watercolor look with as much softness as possible, but all the techniques are really interesting.

  129. Nancy A. says:

    I have only tried watercolor pencils with a blender pen. The gesso technique sounds interesting.

  130. Carol b says:

    I like the pencil shaving technique. It will add a nice pop of color.
    Cards l b

  131. I’m going to try the pencil shaving and shaving crayons (which another Sandra comment advised). All the techniques will make my hand made cards even more special. Thanks!

  132. Denise Bryant says:

    Fabulous techniques I’m anxious to try! Love that pencil shavings idea!
    I pinned!
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/516928863465052193/

  133. Sharon Gullikson says:

    I like to just color right on the paper, then add water. I don’t scribble very hard, but some lines stay, and some don’t.

  134. Brian Poteraj says:

    I like to touch the brush right to the pencil, then color.

  135. Beth W says:

    I loved the look of gesso being used with the watercolor pencils. I will have to try that.. Thanks for the good ideas of using water color pencils. As well as the chance to win some great watercolor pencils.

  136. NieNie says:

    Pinned here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/355925176786838827/

    LOVE playing with watercolor pencils, so this would be a fabulous set to win!

  137. Rebecca Mack says:

    My favorite technique is using the pencil shavings!

  138. Laura B. says:

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/17310779798752339/
    Pinned and thank you for the opportunity to win.

  139. JC says:

    once everything is dry, I like going back over the edges of the colour-change areas with a 0.5 graphite lead to ‘outline’ the edges and overlaps of each colour – resulting in both ‘detail’ and ‘abstract’ qualities to my work

  140. Barbara Roberts says:

    My favorite technique is the wet pencil, but I had never seen the pencil shaving one before and loved the technique

  141. Katina says:

    I shared my favorite pic (technique) on pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/146296687875774653/

  142. Sue O. says:

    I love the last image of all the yummy pencils. I feel like a kid looking at candy.

    My favorite way to use these is for outdoor quick sketching — I can finish them later on inside or take my water pen with me to complete the sketch on site.

    Thank you for this giveaway!!

  143. MelodyJ says:

    I like the crayon resist technique.

  144. Hi! I’m new to coloring in general and I love the idea of watercolor pencils. These look fabulous! I had no idea I could mix them with other media. It sounds like fun and I love the effect. Obviously, I have a lot to learn so I pinned the how-to page:) Here’s my link:
    http://pin.it/6GNYXjb

  145. Rose says:

    I enjoy coloring with WC pencils, then going over it with a water brush. Really nice giveaway! THANK YOU!!!

  146. Jean Marshall says:

    I would love to try these techniques!

  147. Jeanette Tuttle-Hamer says:

    https://www.pinterest.com/sewdramatic/art/
    I’d love to try this technique

  148. Tammy Oviedo says:

    I love them all watercolor is so much fun!!

  149. Teresa A Thompson says:

    Pinned-https://www.pinterest.com/pin/2533343521393594/

  150. AJ Jones says:

    My favorite is the wet watercolor technique.

  151. Connie Phillips says:

    Love to learn more skills using watercolor pencils. Thanks for helping me do so.

  152. Luz Ruby says:

    I love to use my color pencils and color the entire picture, then when I am done I go back and wet only certain areas. This gives my picture a wet and color look.

  153. Annie James says:

    Love the water color pencils and drawing. The gesso sounds interesting and I like the scrapings idea . Perhaps other bits could go in like some glitter. Would love the chance of winning the pencils , thanks for offering it!!

  154. Dewayne Bradshaw says:

    My daughter is 17 and loves to draw. She is asking for art supplies and books so she can learn more. She is getting good and I want to surprise her with things like this! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/536632111835766305/

  155. Marilyn Mundy says:

    Watercolor Pencil Techniques for Coloring Faber-Castell Giveaway! | Somerset Place The Official Blog of Stampington Company using Gesso… My fave technique is watercolor and gesso.

  156. I like to use these to shade both watercolor and acrylic Paintings. I use Faber~Castell Albrecht Durer pencils for commercial work, but they carry such excellent quality art supplies that I’m sure these are wonderful, as well.

  157. Barbara says:

    I posted your wonderful giveaway to Facebook and tagged Stampington & Company. Hope to bring a lot of people to your site.

  158. Linda says:

    Great selection of pencils for traditional techniques.

  159. Christine Dahlin says:

    I’m really attracted to the traditional watercolour techniques – would love to do some exploring of that style!

  160. Dena Stewart says:

    I’ve never tried it before, but would love to. Please enter me in your contest.

  161. jenny stratton says:

    I have been wanting to try water color pencils but they haven’t made it to the top of my want list.

  162. Carrie says:

    I love the shavings technique. That was something I had not seen before. I love how you combined all of the techniques on one project. Thank you for sharing this. I can’t wait to play with these pencils!

  163. Love the look of the Watercolor Pencil Technique. Spurred my creative juices, which have been lying dormant for so long. Perhaps, this will bring them to the surface and add some joy to my life. Yes! Thank you so much for all your art! :)

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5 Watercolor Pencil Techniques for ColoringThere’s an entire world of possibilities with watercolor pencils that most people don’t know about. Don’t just blend with water, but try these 5 watercolor pencil techniques to create a textured and colorful work of art.

Choose from any of our Coloring Studio Gift Bundles to get started creating your very own watercolor masterpiece.

For this coloring page by Mary Chamberlain, I combined all the different techniques on different parts of the page. The mixing and matching creates a lot of interesting textures and it is the unified color palette that ties the whole page together.

5 Watercolor Pencil Techniques for Coloring1. Watercolor with Gesso Blend Technique

Watercolor Pencil Techniques for Coloring: Watercolor with Gesso Blend Technique

This technique creates an almost ethereal appearance. It is very similar to the traditional watercolor technique in appearance, but lightens everything up just a touch so that the colors all become matte and muted.

Watercolor Pencil Techniques for Coloring: Watercolor with Gesso Blend Technique

Color the entire page as desired with watercolor pencils, then blend the page with a layer of gesso. Work only one color at a time, and rinse in between. If the color becomes too pale, you can let everything dry, then repeat the process using a more watered down gesso.

2. Pencil Shavings Technique

Watercolor Pencil Techniques for Coloring: Pencil Shavings Technique

Begin with a basic color wash or a blank page. Using a pocket knife, create small shavings of lead and allow them to fall randomly on the page. Spritz page with a mister or spray bottle to develop the color on the page.

3. Wet Watercolor Pencil Technique

Watercolor Pencil Techniques for Coloring: Wet Watercolor Pencil Technique

This technique creates a smoother line and doesn’t require any additional blending. Dip the watercolor pencil directly into the water to create a smooth line of vivid color. You can also redip the pencil as needed to blend out any imperfections.

4. Traditional Watercolor Pencil Technique

Watercolor Pencil Techniques for Coloring: Traditional Watercolor Pencil Technique

For the traditional technique, color your page with watercolor pencil, then blend with a waterbrush.

This technique requires very little water and you can get good control of the pigments if you use a waterbrush.

5. Dry Watercolor Pencil

Watercolor pencils can also be used in the same way as colored pencils. This is great when looking to fill small areas that would bleed when blended with water.

 

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Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils allow you to add watercolor painting effects to your projects.  Simply use a wet paintbrush (included) to brush over your design and the richly pigmented water-soluble leads turn into permanent, waterproof and lightfast watercolor.  Apply a wash of color to stamped images or create beautiful backgrounds for cards and scrapbook pages.

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