Goldfaber Watercolor Pencils

Feeling Grateful!


Hi everyone, Mou here today wishing all my North American friends a very Happy Thanksgiving!

About 8 years ago, I started keeping a gratitude journal where I jot down at least one thing each day. Some days my entries are artful and some days they are just a list or a sentence or even a word. Sometimes, I also create simple drawings with hand-lettered words and have them in front of my eyes just as a reminder. Today, I'll show you the process behind one such drawing so you can create one too.

For this project, I used the following supplies:


Watercolor pencil Goldfaber Aqua tin of 48 (#114648) - 108,109, 115, 183, 273

Deluxe Waterbrush (#770306)

PITT Artist Pens B tip - Raw Umber, Dark Sepia

Other - Watercolor paper, pencil


Start with a light pencil sketch of a pumpkin.


Fill in with Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils as shown.


Blend the colors with the Deluxe waterbrush. Let dry.


Hand-letter the word grateful with Raw Umber PITT Artist pen B tip. You can write lightly with pencil first if you like.


Draw some vines and add accents to your drawing with Raw Umber and Dark Sepia Brush tip PITT pens to finish.

You can keep it in your journal, put it in a frame or just clip on to a vision board.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will pull out your watercolor pencils and PITT pens to create such reminders for yourself and others!


Autumn Landscape with Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils


Hi everyone, Mou here with an autumn landscape today with Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils!

For this, you'll need very few supplies -

Watercolor pencil Goldfaber Aqua tin of 48 (#114648)

Deluxe Waterbrush (#770306)

Other: Watercolor paper, pencil and a clipboard (to hold your paper on location)


This was a super quick and light pencil sketch of an estate in a nearby park.


The building is surrounded by evergreens and maple trees. I chose Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor pencils that matched my view closely. I started by coloring the surroundings first.


Using the Deluxe Waterbrush I blended the colors to create the surrounding.

Next, I colored the building and added the details to finish.

If you have this tin of Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils, a Deluxe Waterbrush and a little, you can sketch anywhere. The result does not have to be exact or perfect, but it will certainly give you practice and maybe become inspiration for bigger paintings in future.

Sketching Botanical Specimens with Watercolor Pencils


Hi everyone, Mou here with a study of some botanical specimens using watercolor pencils!

For this study, you'll need the following materials -

Faber-Castell Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils set of 48

Faber-Castell Gelatos® Black Licorice

Faber-Castell Collapsible Water Cup with water

Faber-Castell Deluxe Water brush

Other - Watercolor sketchbook, botanical specimen

Now, let me show you how I did my sketches.


Collect some botanical specimens on your nature walk or buy some at the florist's. Pick out the shades of Goldfaber Aqua that match your botanical specimen the best.


Sketch out the specimen with the watercolor pencils from your perspective. You can aim for realism or let your intuition take over.


Fill the Deluxe Waterbrush with water from the Collapsible water cup and go over the lines of your sketch.


Sketch out other specimens from the same trip following the same steps as above.


Once the first layer of water dries, you can go back in to add details with the watercolor pencils.

After you finish sketching your specimens, add information about where you found them and when. I used Gelatos color Black Licorice and the waterbrush to add this information. You could also use a PITT pen to write this.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial. Whether you are studying in your studio or sketching on location, the Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils and the Deluxe Waterbrush are really great tools for you!


Fall Magic

A little fall magic today, with the help of stencils and watercolor pencils!


What you'll be needing:

  • Mixed media paper
  • Pencil/eraser
  • Stencil
  • Goldfaber aqua watercolor pencils
  • Paintbrush
  • Pitt Artist brush pen (Indian red)
  • Pitt Artist fine liner XS


Start by tracing the leaves stencil using Faber-Castell 2B pencil. Then mirror the image on the other side. Stencils make adding fun little details SO quick and easy!


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Gently erase the dark lines, so the image is very light. This way you won't have to erase once the watercolor is down!

Then, color in with your Goldfaber watercolor pencils.

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Wet your paintbrush and start painting over the colored pencil. Watching the pencil turn into creamy paint on the paper is always my favorite part.

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Using your Pitt Artist brush pen (here I used Indian red, the PERFECT color for fall), letter your favorite quote.

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Go in with your fine liner XS Pitt Artist pen and add little details. Here I did a rough outline of the leaves and I added a small shadow on the lettering.

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Don't forget to have fun with it!


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Chelsea has a not-so-slight obsession with all things lettering. Watching lettering videos is what got her started, and you can usually find her posting videos using every art supply she can get her hands on! From brush pens to watercolors and everything in between!






These Fall Feelings: Art Journal Page


Hello everyone! Mou here with an art journal video tutorial all about the Fall!


Faber-Castell -

Gelatos – Iridescents

Gelatos – Translucents

Gel Medium

Goldfaber Aqua pencils

Collapsible Water cup

Paper Crafter Crayons – Neutral

Stampers Big Brush Pen set of 3 - RED

Hello Fall Printable Image Collection

Other – Watercolor paper, Scissors, Trimmer

You can watch the video tutorial by pressing 'play' below  or click right here.


I hope you enjoy!

Fallin' for You Wreath

Materials Needed:Paper, thick card stock or watercolor paper


1. Start by drawing your circle.


2. After you have your circle start sketching your wreath design, I drew two pumpkins and some leaves.


3. Once you have your design sketched out lightly erase it so the pencil lines are not so dark, then you can start coloring in with the Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils. 


4. Use a small brush and some water to blend the colors.

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5. Use the PITT Artist pen to add outline details.



6. Add words with a PITT Artist brush pen!







Erin is a teacher by day and a creator by night. She loves to try and inspire creativity in her students everyday! Because she’s busy during the day, the night is when her creativity gets to explode into the world through lettering and messing around with watercolors. Her biggest advice would be to not compare your art to other people’s art! Be uniquely you!

The Lettering Fern

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for sweater weather! I couldn’t help but break out the beautiful colors of Autumn using my Faber Castell Goldfaber Aqua pencils. These are pigmented colored pencils that transform to a watercolor once in contact with water. These pencils are perfect for laying down pigment in a quick, controlled way. I wanted to make sureto get a burst of ombré color, so I rinsed my waterbrush in between the transition shades! After it dried, I came in with my small Pitt Artist Pen in Black for some detailing.

Here I added some lettering with my  Pitt Artist Brush Pen to give it some cute Fall themed flair.  


 Happy Autumn!



The Rosa Rugosa Lesson Plan


Creative Studio


Welcome to the studio, a place to relax, to be inspired and to develop your own creative potential. Here, we will explore ideas and create art with mediums and techniques that will have you achieving rewarding results with your own art. 

Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils are an exciting and enjoyable medium. These intensely pigmented pencils offer the ease of sketching, combined with the ability to produce stunning watercolor painting results as well. 

In this lesson plan, we explore the art of botanical illustration, and the basic steps to creating your own piece of art.




Choose Colors and Experiment

One of the great advantages to watercolor pencils are their ability to both sketch and paint. The most basic way to use them is to sketch directly onto the paper, and then brush water over it. The more pigment you apply, the darker the color will be when water is added.

Another painting technique I combine with the basic method is to scribble a spot of color on a piece of scratch paper. I can then pick up the pigment with a wet brush, and transfer it to the artwork. Mixed colors can also be created by layering combinations of colored pencil scribbles. 

Look carefully at your reference photo and choose as many colors as possible. More colors will add depth and interest to your artwork. 



The Rosa Rugosa; A Botanical Study

The Rosa rugosa is a wild, carefree flower native to Maine, and nature’s own stunning accent to just about every beautiful coastal area and landmark you will find there. 

I have decided to capture the beauty of this hearty, lovely flower along with an impressive location where it can be found, in watercolor pencils. Also included in this study is some fun info about the Rosa rugosa. 

Follow along, or choose your own plant specimen for a botanical study done in the same manner here. 



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Taking Photos

I took these photos of the flower and the various stages of it’s habit for reference during my artwork. The variety of images will add interest.

I shot these images on a sunny day to insure good lighting and the flowers at their best.



Begin With A Layout

I began this project by designing my layout. I decided that the finished design would be 7-1/4 x 21-3/4,— 3 panels each measuring 7-1/4 x 7-1/4. 

Referring to my photos, I then practiced some sketches on tracing paper, creating a drawing to fit each panel. I chose to highlight a few small images of rosehips and their stages of development as part of the study. Part of the design was to also allow for some blank space for copy, even though I wasn’t quite sure what I would be writing yet.

Using an exacto knife and a straight edge, I measured and cut my strip of watercolor paper. Using a light table, I then lightly traced my drawings onto the watercolor paper in pencil.

Finally, I used a black fine tipped pen to sketch over the pencil.



The Line Drawing

The line drawing will look it’s best done in a light handed manner. I looked carefully at my photos and decided on areas to capture detail, and other areas to leave more simplified. The thorny stems are a combination; drawing lots of thorns (as in reality) would look heavy handed, while drawing fewer simplified, small groupings of them, look better.



Line Character

I like to draw with broken lines to give the artwork a light, airy look. That means that the lines don’t always connect; some are left unfinished. This style, especially combined with watercolor, helps to create a very fresh, light look.




I wanted the type to have a light, hand-done look, but also be evenly spaced and uniform. Part of the process of designing something, is to practice until you get it just right on scrap paper. I used pencil, and drew strait lines as guides to make the upper and lowercase letters uniform. I centered the 3 smaller nick-names and positioned it all on the scrap paper and then used a light table to trace the whole unit of type into position onto the watercolor paper. Instead of filling in the letters with a solid black ink, I loosely sketched them in. 

Shown here is the first stage of the ocean in watercolor pencils. Referring to my photo, I used 4 different pencils, and lightly layered colors to make nice blends for the second stage, where I painted over it with water. 

After positioning the type onto the watercolor paper, I painted the flowered hedge. I kept it very undetailed by painting it in a light wash, with very simplified shapes for roses.




For painting the water, I used a soft, round wet brush. I began in the back at the horizon line and painted over the dry pencil with water. I painted in a horizonal direction as I moved towards the foreground, the colors blended into each other, creating a thin, watery wash. I left small bits of the white paper showing along parts of the shoreline and around rocks to read as shallow white waves. 

I continued to lightly sketch in color to areas of the rocks, and washing over it with water.



For the sky, I begin by wetting the area with just water. I then used the “scribble, add water and transfer” method described earlier, to lay in the color. The watery blue pigment spread on the wet paper, creating a soft, light, smooth look. I also added a touch of pink to tie in with the surrounding flowers. 

I continued with painting the lighthouse by lightly sketching in color and painting. I also added more detail to the rocky ground.



When painting the flowers and leaves, I lightly applied the watercolor pencils directly to the line drawing, then added water for a first, light wash. When dry, I then layered more pencil and water to create some darker spots and shaded areas for dimension and interest.



Writing The Copy

When deciding what information to include, I searched for ideas regarding the rosehips of the Rosa rugosa online. I practiced writing out my ideas on lined scratch paper until I got the look and size of it to fit the space on the layout, and then traced it into position onto the artwork. 

The copy done in pencil gives a nice casual contrast to the finished art.



Cover Design

Here is a simple image I painted for the outer left cover panel that is exposed when the piece is folded.


Click here to Download the complete lesson in a .pdf file.  


Lesson Plan by Janis Doukakis