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Colored pencils and watercolour combos: Greens


For the final two months my important focus has been on watercolour – each the Dwell Model of my SketchingNow Watercolour course and the 30×30 Direct Watercolour Problem in June. However, as common readers could have realised, in my on a regular basis sketching, I’ve been persevering with to experiment with combining colored pencils and watercolour. Be aware: I’m referring to wax or oil-based colored pencils and never water-soluble ones.

As a result of watercolour emphasis, I haven’t been actually in ‘full improvement mode’ however quite simply enjoying in an off-the-cuff manner as I sketch my native space and Lane Cove Nationwide Park. And so in at this time’s article, I wish to do a fast replace.

After I began combining CPs and watercolours I used to be primarily utilizing Derwent Coloursoft and Caran d’Ache Luminance however not too long ago I’ve been making an attempt to place collectively a group of Faber Castell Polychromos. There’s such an enormous choice of colors within the Polychromos vary that this can be a little bit of an awesome activity!

This web page was a part of the method – aren’t the colors on this photograph tremendous yummy? 🙂

Here’s a element: I used to be portray a few of my normal inexperienced watercolour washes over the varied colored CPs.

Getting the proper combo is actually difficult! To get the impact I’m after, I’ve to pair the proper hue and depth of CP utilized on the proper strain with a watercolour wash containing a lot of pigment occasion excessive! The CP creates a ‘resist’ so I’ve to use the paint in a particular manner as properly. There are many totally different variables to stability! 🙂

The highest swatch on this element has a very attention-grabbing combo of CP and watercolour and you may see the areas of resist.

However as a common rule, it’s actually arduous to get constant outcomes when doing a swatch web page like these. The one approach to actually know what combos are greatest is to do a lot of sketches on location after which assessment what works.

BTW I purchased just a few Bryunzeel Design pencils from Adamstown Artwork once I was in Newcastle and liked them a lot that I purchased a full set. Their greens are loopy shiny (colors I wouldn’t usually contact) however I’m loving the problem of incorporating them into my sketches! 🙂

I’m nonetheless experimenting with totally different combos… so nothing definitive to share but. However listed here are some close-ups from latest sketches specializing in greens.


Be aware: The final two cactus particulars embody a Yellow Lumocolour and a yellow gel pen as properly.

In abstract, combining CPs and watercolour is including loads of ‘play’ to my work in the intervening time. I’m loving the extra color and texture that they add to my on a regular basis sketching. Multi-media is the very best! 🙂


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