Wednesday, January 2

Watercolour Pencils Tutorial

OK I dont profess to being an expert by any stretch of imagination, and I have seen many others who do beautiful colouring, however I have had a few people ask in the past and its one thing people comment on for my cards so I decided to make a little tutorial for how I colour. I have been working on and off all day on a wordpress blog, but its really doing my head in and just doesnt seem as simple as blogspot, its a shame as I love some aspects of it, but for my I will stay here.
First things first….. tools… my preferred pencils are Albrecht Durer by Faber Castell - the colours are beautiful, the leads rich and thick. I also prefer to use an aqua brush and I use the ones with the valves inside. Watercolour paper of course gives great results but I also like the texture of the linen card from Crafts Central in the Paper cellar pick and mix. For my ink I prefer the black versafine ink.

OK these photos were taken by myself whislt trying to colour in too and they were on my camera phone with poor lighting but I hope these will give you a few ideas. Make sure your pencils are sharp, this will prevent the wood of the pencil getting wet.




Step One : Stamp images onto cardstock














Step Two : I have coloured the edge of his trousers with a dark blue. Place the colour where on the image you want the picture to be darker.












Step Three - Using the waterbrush draw the outside of the colour in to cover the area. You need to make sure that the darker lines remain around the edge and that it has light and dark tones.











Step Four - Again doing the same thing I have coloured Edwins jumper with red pencil.














Step Six - again I have coloured the jumper and the shoes too.

I have added colour to the face and hands by taking the colour off the end of the pencil and colouring directly onto the card.








I have coloured the wings, star and cheeks with the same technique by taking the colour off the pencil and using it like paint.
Then I have taken a dark brown pencil and drawn directly onto the image where shown, around his jumper, parts of his wings, trousers and shoes. I have then used the waterbrush on these brown lines and this gives a great shaded effect. I believe the brown I used for this was called nougat.
Here is the finished Edwin. I will add to a card/creation tomorrow kids permitting.

I hope thi might have helped a few people out.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Caz - thanks so much for this great tutorial. Yes! It has helped and thanks for the tip about versafine. Congrats too about winning Magnolia stamps. I know it's still tough for you - but time does help. Petal x

Sarah said...

Hi Caz,

Happy New Year to you and your family.

Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have often wondered the technique you use. I plan on trying this out tomorrow. I will be happy if they look half as good as yours.

Thanks again
Sarah x

Girl With the Gadgets said...

Great tutorial Caz thanks so much for sharing.. I can't wait to see your finished card..

Treacle said...

I love your watercolouring. Thank you so much for the tutorial its so easy to understand.

xXx

Julia said...

Thanks for the tutorial Caz. I've always admired your fab colouring and having it in easy steps makes it very clear! x

Linda said...

Great tutorial - very clear and the results are fantastic.

Jo said...

Thanks for the tutorial Caz. You put it so clearly, it all makes perfect sense to me - just the help I needed!

Kim said...

Thanks for sharing your superb talent, you always will be my watercolour queen!!!!

Paula Pascual said...

Thanks for sharing your technique, but Caz, you are not a colouring expert, you are THE EXPERT! As much as I look never ever find a better colourer than you!

Anita Knits said...

Hi caz
thanks for the lesson. Never thought of taking the colour from the pencil for the hands. Can you tell us what water brush you use.

Suzanne said...

Hi Caz this is one of the things I want to do in the new year improve my colouring technique. Now I have more of a chance with your great tutorial Thanks Sue :o)

Momiji said...

thanks for a brilliant tutorial...will have to have a go at that...

Dawn Marie said...

I love your tutorial!!Thanks so much for sharing!

Chrissy said...

Thank you Thank you! Thank you so much for the great tutorial! Yes this has helped so much! Congrats on winning the stamps!

Lori said...

Thanks for sharing your technique for watercoloring! You are so talented.

kerri said...

love the tutorial did you use watercolour paper or something different?

can't wait to see the finished product

LISA said...

great colouring caz....i saw these tips in a mag once and the difference it made to my colouring in was fab, so thanks for the refresher.
Lisa xx

Thea said...

I have added colour to the face and hands by taking the colour off the end of the pencil and colouring directly onto the card.

Will you explain this alittle more? I posted your tutorial on my swap group that is getting into Bella's and someone asked for more details on this. I'm not real sure what it means? Is it something different you did from the other coloring?

Thanks!

Thea said...

I have added colour to the face and hands by taking the colour off the end of the pencil and colouring directly onto the card.

I posted your tutorial on my swap group that is getting into Bella's and someone asked what this means. I'm not real sure either! Is it a different method then you used for the rest of the coloring?

Thanks so much!

Thea said...

Will you explain this alittle more? Is it a different coloring method you used from the rest of the boy? Thank you!

I have added colour to the face and hands by taking the colour off the end of the pencil and colouring directly onto the card.

colleen gallagher said...

Loved the tutorial--I actually just picked up some of those pencils on clearance because the colors looked so nice--now I will have to break them in. Love your shading.

Michelle said...

Happy New Year Caz, great tutorila, thank you very much. I love your colouring so it is great to see how you do it in a tutorial. Thank you for taking the time to do it :0)

Miss Em said...

AWESOME!!! Thanks for the insite. I have to try it tonight!

Michelle said...

Hi Caz,
Nice tutorial, and taken with your camera phone! Good job.
Michelle

Sam said...

hey this is what I have been looking for - Caz baby you rock!! Thanks so much!

Sam

Emma said...

Thanks Caz!!! I've been colouring images tonight that I've had sitting around for ages!! Done 10, so tomorrow I'll be able to rattle off 10 cards quickly thanks to your help! I've put them on my blog if you want to see. Very simple, VERY effective. I've tried so many techniques and this has to be the best!
Thanks,
Emma x

JenniferL. said...

great tutorial!

Claire Jeffreys said...

Caz. Thank you so much for posting this.

If you ever fancy a trip to Suffolk. Will gladly supply no stop biccies, and coffee so you can teach me how to colour. Lol

Claire xx

Spyder said...

Lovely tutorial!
((Lyn))

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