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Tips & Techniques

Just Add Water

Try these techniques with the Derwent Just Add Water colletions.

 

 


    

Watercolour

 

Blending & merging color to create texture

 

Use the side of the pencil or the tip to apply gentle pressure to build color strength. Two or three colors can be added on top to build intensity of color & change the color, essentially blending colors. Apply water gently to avoid dissolving any texture created.

 

 

 
      

    

Graphitint

 

Creating speckled textures

 

Use clean water to wet sections to be textured. Rub the side of a water-soluble pencil over a sandpaper block, then tilt the block to let colored powder fall onto wet areas. Tap the top of the block to release more color. You can also use a craft knife to shave speckles from the pencil tip to fall onto the wet area.

 

Blow away any speckles that fall onto dry paper. Allow to dry naturally. To retain the texture, avoid touching this with a brush.

 

 
      

    

Aquatone

 

Brush Strokes. Use a paper palette

 

Brush strokes can be achieved similar to traditional painting by using a paper palette. Make this by firmly scribbling a separate blocks of intense color onto a scrap piece of paper. Then use a wet brush to lift color from the block & transfer onto the painting.

 

 
      

    

Watercolour

 

Lifting color

 

Use an absorbent kitchen towel & press this against the wet surface to lift wet color.

 

 
      

    

Inktense

 

Adding color, wet into wet

 

Create subtle color changes by wetting a colored area, then adding more pigment to the wet area with the tip of the brush.

 
      

    

Inktense

 

Lines & Details

 

Use the point of the pencil draw crisp, sharp lines onto the dry paper. Gently add clean water with a soft brush to release the colors & retain the initial marks made.

 

 
      

    

Watercolour & Grahitint

 

Combining techniques

 

Lifting pigment & applying dry onto wet. Use the paper palette technique to apply wet color. Lift color with paper towel, then add flowers & grasses by drawing onto the wet surface with Watercolour pencil.