Posted on December 6, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Happy Friday! I spent a lovey day with my good friend Kathy today, we crafted Christmas gifts, drank tea and gabbed a lot! (really it’s mostly about the gabbing when we get together!) You will have to wait until later to see what I made but tonight I wanted to share some watercolor pencil art with you:
The above painting I did with my new Derwent Graphitint pencils. They were an early Christmas gift to myself (I found a heck of a sale!) and I decided to open them live on camera and paint something. Here you will see how I created the above painting:
I really liked the colors of the pencils but I noticed that they looked much different wet than dry and I could not really tell what the color I was coloring with was going to look like so I made a color swatch of the colors in the set. It was so handy that I decided to do the same for the other 2 sets of Derwent watercolor pencils I have. If you have watercolor pencils you should take the time to make a hand color chart, in the next video I explain how and why to do it:
Have fun with your materials and get to know them. You can make color charts of all your media. For traditional colored pencils or pastels you might swatch them out on grey as they are opaque or make a chart on black and one on white. You will certainly know more about your supplies if you do this! That’s it from this droopy girl tonight, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on November 4, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Dontcha just love Daylight Saving time? Getting to sleep that extra hour…that is only if you remember to turn back your alarm clock LOL! Luckily I did not wake anyone else up except the dog who was more than ready to start her day (dogs apparently do not “get” daylight savings time) so I shut of the alarm, let her out and fed her. You’d think with an extra hour I’d be more ambitious, nope, I just lazed around until it was time to get the kids up.
Today I thought I’d show you two different ways to paint fall leaves. First with watercolor pencils:
And this video shows painting the leaves with watercolor paints. I added some acorns for interest and yes, I realize I am painting maple leaves LOL!
So, what do you think? Are you more suited to painting with watercolors or watercolor pencils? I think pencils (I use Inktense BTW) are more suited for someone who likes to look before they leap and paints are for someone who like to jump right in and as artists we can prefer one one day and the other the next! C’est la vie!
Don’t forget a little swipe of matching paint on the envelope! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on February 12, 2012 by thefrugalcrafter
How do I love watercolor pencils? Let me count the ways:
- They are inexpensive (esp. compared to Copics!)
- They last FOREVER!
- I can let me kids use them and not worry about them getting damaged.
- They blend with ease.
- I can control them in my tiny stamped images much better than traditional watercolors.
- No mess!
- And they look great even on cheap cardstock LOL!
Here is a quick card I made for my son to take to an ice fishing birthday party yesterday:
I love sock monkeys and that particular stamp is from Oriental Trading Co.(I loved it so much I paid full price for it!) One thing I want to mention about the $15 stamp sets from OTC is that they are huge! You get a 8.5″x11″ sheet full of stamps and they come on a 3 ring hole punched sheet that I can put directly in my binders and they have good sales too, many of the huge sets I have purchased from them have been between $3-$7 and if there is a problem with anything (like a stamp missing-it happened once) they send out a replacement ASAP. And I am not being compensated to say that;)
OK now on with the show…
Today I want to show you how to color and blend with watercolor pencils. I am using inexpensive Georgia Pacific cardstock, Derwent colored pencils, Stampin Up Basic Black ink and a Stampin Up blending pen. Use what you have. Any watercolor pencils, smooth cardstock and archival ink will work. I’ve tried many blending pens and I find SU to be the best as the nib does not wear down. If you don’t have one you can use a round nylon paintbrush. Dip it in water then blot it on a towel before blending.
- Most watercolor pencils are good, in fact, Staples office supply sells a set of 24 in the drafting section that are very nice and since you can blend you do not need that many colors. I had the ones from Staples before I received the set of 72 Derwents (pictured) and then I gave the staples set to my niece.
- You will get darker colors on a rougher paper because the tooth of the paper will grab more pigment, it will also wear down your pencils quicker. But don’t let that worry you because they last for YEARS! I’d use the blender pens only on smooth cardstock because the rougher watercolor paper will fray the tip of the blender pen. Try a nylon (the gold or white bristle ones) paintbrush for watercolor paper work. You need a firmer brush for watercolor pencils than traditioal watercolors.
- Don’t overwork the cardstock, blend it once and leave it, if you keep going back you might “pill” the paper. You will get the feel of how much pencil to add before blending after a few tries. Practice!
- If you like the ease of watercolor pencils but want more intense color I recommend the Inktence line of pencils by Derwent. They are super vivid and you can layer colors over each other without lifting up the first color. I use them more often than my traditional watercolor pencils because I like the bright.
So, what do you think? Are you ready to dig out your watercolor pencils yet? I hope so! If you have any questions leave a comment and I will answer. It is going to be a very cold windy day in Maine today so I think I will hunker down with a cup of tea and my watercolor pencils, how about you? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on May 17, 2011 by thefrugalcrafter
OK admit it, you have a set of rarely used watercolor pencils buried deep in your crafting stash. Maybe someone bought them for you as a gift or you bought them for yourself with the best intentions but then got distracted by markers and other shiny new supplies that came your way. Never fear, they are so fun and easy to use, by the end of my video today you will know how to work that watercolor!
I love the bright fresh look of watercolor pencils! It has rained the last 4 days and it looks like it will rain until Sunday and on a day like this I reach for the most bright cheerful colors for my projects. If this keeps up you will need sunglasses to read my blog come Friday I know, it is quite a change from the muted drab colors I normally choose LOL!
Stamps: Vintage Cupcake set from Pink Persimmon
Watercolor Paper: Fabriano CP 90# I bought on sale here ($14.62 for 75 sheets! 9.5″x12.5″ a great deal!)
Watercolor Pencils: Inktense from Derwent (but any brand will work, Inktense is my fave)
HugSnug seam binding from Sew True (I died it with watercolors and crinkled it up and let it dry before using)
This project qualifies for the following challenges: A Spoonful Of Sugar, Claudia & Co, Clear It Out!, Everybody-Art-Challenge, Sweet Stamps , Top Tip Tuesday, Crazy Challenge, Make it Monday and Stamp with Fun
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