Painting with Watercolour Pencils

December 22, 21

Painting (on paper) is finished with acrylic paint, then coated with acrylic medium(isolation coat) and spray varnished. Works on paper are mounted on cradled wood panel.

  1. The fox image is drawn in pencil with areas lightly sketched in to mark where colour changes happen. Then watercolour pencil is lightly scribbled to lay down the first layers of colour.
  2. A wet brush is applied to the dry pencilled areas, taking care to keep brush clean when crossing colour boundaries. Whites of the paper are preserved by avoiding that area. Frisket could also be applied.
  3. Watercolour pencil looks intense when wetted, but will dry matte and less intense. I then punch up the colours by painting in acrylic, but not completely opaquely, since the watercolour freshness would be lost under a thick layer of acrylic.
  4. Using a 10/0 fine brush, I add details like eyes and fine markings, fur directional lines, etc.

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