Tips & Techniques

Just Add Water

Try these techniques with the Derwent Just Add Water colletions.






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.







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.






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.






Lifting color


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






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.





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.