Howdy, crafters! I have a fun coloring video for you featuring a new medium (to me): watercolor pencils. These pencils were sent to me by the company Stabilo to try out, and I was quite pleased with the results. For more information on my coloring technique, check out the video! (PS: I made this video about a year ago! If I say anything about moving or the likes, please ignore it 😀 )
You’ve seen me use different mediums with water before, most notably Inktense pencils. It’s important to understand the difference here: Inktense pencils are permanent when they dry, they are ink and not real watercolor and that allows for them to have that intense color. Watercolor pencils will always be much more muted and paler in color – I’ve also tried the Faber Castell watercolor pencils and they behaved the very same. This is a characteristic of the medium, not a fault.
I am using an image by Tiddly Inks which gave me the opportunity to use many different colors of the set that I was given. I am sure there are many techniques to coloring with pencils and I am still learning myself, so I went with what I knew: layers! I think it’s important to not press down too hard with pencils, since you might end up with streaks you cannot dissolve with water otherwise. Additionally, if you add too much pigment right away, you might not get a soft tone of the color and I wanted to carefully build up the color.
Once I was done, I mixed some Perfect Pearls into water and applied that solution to some of the flowers and they sparkle so beautifully in real life, it just makes you go “Siiiiiiighhhhhhhh!”. I mounted my panel on some colored card stock which I had stamped tone-in-tone with a background stamp from My Favorite Things, and of course I had to add a few sequins by Pretty Pink Posh as well.
All in all, I like using watercolor pencils. It does challenge me, as I’m used to and prefer strong contrasts and this medium definitely doesn’t give me that as much. It requires to re-think my approach and what I want to express with my coloring, but you know me – I love challenges.
Hope you got inspired! I’m sending this card off to the following challenges: Addicted To Stamps and More “Anything Goes” and after adding that gorgeous sparkle to the card, to Stempelküche “All Things Glittery”.
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