Watercolors

Duck Pond Project

Lucky duck pond

Pond name

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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.

In this lesson plan, we explore the art of nature journaling, translating our
outdoor adventures and observations in nature with watercolor pencils.

Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils are an impressive medium. They offer
the unique combination of pencil sketching and painting, making them ideal for
casual, spontaneous artwork in or out of the studio. Their vibrant colors and ease
of use make them fun to use and they are easily mastered with a little practice.

Materials:

Faber-Castell Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils
Graphite Pencil
Hand-held Sharpener
Faber-Castell Kneaded Eraser
Water
Variety of Flat and Round Brushes
Paper Towels
Faber-Castell Watercolor Pad 9 x 12 or a journal made up of watercolor paper

Why Nature Journaling?

Experts say that the benefits of getting outside and connecting with nature
through creating art is not only good for your health, it could get you hooked. To
describe the basic experience in a few words, nature journaling can be seen as
a form of meditation, filling you with a sense of calm and well being. Unlike silent
meditation, the act of observing and recording the beauty around you through
sketching and painting keeps the brain focused, making it difficult to drift off to all
of life’s stresses.

“Part of the lure of keeping a nature journal is
the world you enter when you open it. Working
in it sets up an island of quiet and deliberateness
to which you will long to return. ”
- Hannah Hinchman, Artist/Naturalist

Gather a few art materials and go take a walk, a hike, or a trip; just get outside
and explore; discover all the beauty and peace that nature has to offer!

Let the following steps serve as inspiration and guidance in getting started
on your own artistic journey. Take your time and enjoy your new practice, it will
change your life.

 

 

The Pond

When I came across this
lovely duck pond, I knew that Pond2
I wanted to paint it. I sat down
on the grassy bank and made
a sketch in my journal while
some noisy ducks hid quacking
in the tall grasses nearby. As
it was nearing dusk, I realized
that the best way to continue
would be to work from a photo
back at the studio.

I took this picture on my
phone for later reference.

 

 

TIP:You can enhance the quality of your photo
by brightening and defining it a bit in editing
on your phone. You can then transfer the
photo to your desk or laptop for reference

Choose Colors and Experiment:

It is important to plan your colors before getting started, giving thought to
the mixes and placement of them in the painting. Back at the studio, I began to
experiment with the watercolor pencils, and finally settled on these colors and
mixes of them to produce other colors I saw in my photo.

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

Another painting technique that I combine with the basic method, is
to create a palette of colors on a separate piece of watercolor paper by
scribbling the pencil, as shown below. From there, I can pick up the paint with
a wet brush and transfer to the artwork.

Look carefully at your reference photo and choose as many colors as
possible; more colors will help add more depth and interest to the artwork.

Here, I’ve layered the following numbered colors on my paper palette to use.

#170 #167 #173          #151 #233                  #107 #187                   #199

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Begin With A Sketch:

Here is the quick graphite pencil sketch that I made at the pond. I began
by determining the horizon line of the water in the distance at the upper left.
I then sketched the curvy shoreline and then the duck house as the focal point.
I continued to compose my sketch with careful placement of fewer lily pads,
beginning with larger and more detailed ones in the foreground and smaller,
more loosely sketched ones as they fade into the distance.

Although a well thought out sketch is very important to begin with, it is only a
loose guide to position the basic elements. The look of the pond and number of
lily pads will ultimately be determined during the painting process.

 

 

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Apply Watercolor Pencils:

In this step, I apply the watercolor pencils directly to the sketch. Referring to
the photo, I loosely color in shapes and areas of lights and darks. My plan is to
keep the foliage along the shoreline simple and fading out at the edge.

I layer some areas of the image with two to three different colors of pencil. By
applying varying pressure, I can darken and lighten the pigment. Note the dark
shadow that the duck house is casting in the water; this detail will help anchor the
structure and help to give the water a realistic look.

The following steps demonstrate how to add water, creating a series of washes
that will make up the finished art.

TIP:Set yourself up with a scrap piece of watercolor paper at hand to confirm the
colors you will be using and to experiment with blending methods and amount of
pressure you color with.

 

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Paint With Water:

Here is where the surprising magic of watercolor pencils really impress!
Beginning in the back along the water’s edge, I use a soft, round brush and wet
the area. The paint comes alive. I begin to suggest a variation of foliage by gently
pushing the paint around into shapes.

For the water, I use a flat, wet brush. I begin in the distance, painting the
water in long sweeping motions from left to right as I move to the foreground. The
colors come to life as the variety of greens and blues blend. I create a soft, muted
effect in the back at the horizon line to suggest distance. This first wash will dry in
about 15 minutes.

While there is a good amount of control with the dry pencils, when the water is
added, the paint itself has a mind of it’s own and will do unexpected and beautiful
things. You can work with it to some degree but also relax and let it do its thing.

TIP:Use appropriate brush sizes and types. Larger brushes for larger areas will give
a smoother, less detailed effect; forcing you to use fewer brush strokes, which is
desirable in watercolor. Smaller brushes will work best for smaller areas. Round
brushes are used for softer edges, while flat brushes offer a useful straight edge.

 

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Now, after the first wash has dried, it is time to add a second wash of detail. I
use the combination of both watercolor painting methods.

I pick up my mixed palette colors with my wet brush and add a layer of shorter,
sweeping streaks of color in the water. I use the edge of the flat brush, holding it’s
edge horizontally. I add faint, watery lily pads in the distance along the shoreline
and around the duck house. As I come forward, I paint the lily pads with more
detail and add simple flowers. I then paint the duck house.

Next I use the pencils and sketch directly onto the painting. I add more color
and texture to the water and sketch grasses on the shore and detail to the lily
pads in the foreground. I add water to some of it and leave other areas the dry
pencil texture.

TIP:It is important to replace your water when it starts getting murky from paint. Using
dirty water will affect your colors and muddy up your artwork. Consider working
with a few cups of water to reduce time spent changing out the same one.

 

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Final Details:

The final details in the painting include a third wash of paint: more lily pads and
water detail, more shadows and grass detail.

I add texture and interest to the foliage with a paint spattering technique of
dipping a stiff brush into a pool of color and carefully flicking it on with my finger. I
protect the surrounding area with paper towel.

I paint shadows from the lily pads reflecting in the water. For this effect, I wet a
large area with clean water directly under each pad and then paint a narrow band
of darkness just underneath the pad. I prop the artwork upright to let the dark color
softly bleed downward into the wet area.

Finally, I add a few accents of yellow here and there, a shadow under the eaves
of duck house, and some lightly drawn line definition to the duck house and front
lily pads with a well sharpened dark watercolor pencil.

TIP:Try to paint in a light-handed way, layering thin, transparent washes. Leaving
small areas of the white paper showing through here and there allows the
painting to breathe, and adds an airiness.

 

 

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Designing and Writing Your Journal Page:

In my finished journal page, I chose to complement the color painting with a
smaller, simple black and white sketch of the ducks hiding in the grasses that I
mentioned earlier. I sketched this pair with a sharp, black watercolor pencil. I then
very sparingly brushed on a small amount of water to create a light gray tone here
and there giving the ducks a bit more dimension.

The final element to add to the journal page is anything you want to write about
your experience; it can be notes, descriptions, incidents, thoughts, or memorable
observations. Design a date/weather mark, and don’t forget to sign your name!

I decided to call this nameless and ordinary little pond, Lucky Duck Pond, because
it looked like a pretty happy place to be a duck.

To download the tutorial in .pdf format, click here


Connector Color Blending

Raise your hand if you love playing with color!

 

Watercolors are super fun, especially when you can mix and blend them to make new colors!

 

First, start with some watercolor paper. Tape off the edges and a rectangular box in the middle so you have a nice border.

Then, grab your Faber-Castell connector watercolor paints in the colors magenta, yellow, and cyan blue.

 

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Using magenta, start painting in the border you made with the tape. Add the yellow, and gently mix them together in the middle, to make orange. 

 

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Continue doing this, alternating colors, all the way around the border of your paper. 


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Once that dries, remove the tape, and grab your Pitt Artist pens.

Colors: 

  • Middle Purple Pink 125
  • Pale Geranium Lake 121
  • Orange Glaze 113
  • Cadmium Yellow 107
  • Light Green 171
  • Leaf Green 112
  • Sky Blue 146
  • Phthalo Blue 110
  • Purple Violet 130
  • Black 199 fineliner size M

With each letter a different color, letter "colorfully" while blending each color into the next. Then take the black fineliner and add "live" above it. 


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Happy painting! 

 

 

 

Photo Feb 28  9 52 26 AMChelsea 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 watercolor, and everything in between!


Thanksgiving Table Place Cards

Easy to make place cards that will add a little extra something to your dinner table this holiday season!

Materials:



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1. Pick your colors and swipe some onto the cardstock using your watercolor brush.

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2. Once the watercolor is all dry use a PITT artist pen (brush tip or fine liner) to add names.

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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


Gelato Watercolor Cornucopia

Holiday time is my favorite time, because there are so many fun and festive things you can do! Like this watercolor cornucopia made using gelatos and Pitt pens!

For this I used:

  • Faber-Castell 2B pencil
  • kneaded eraser
  • Pitt artist pen XS
  • Pitt artist pen white 1.5 fineliner
  • watercolor paper
  • paintbrush
  • collapsible water cup

Gelatos in the colors:

  • chocolate
  • butterscotch
  • lime
  • pistachio
  • green tea
  • red cherry
  • tangerine
  • mango
  • lemon

 

Start by sketching your work with the 2B pencil, then erase until the lines are very faint (that way you won't see them through the watercolor when it dries). Then on a palette, add a bit of the gelato and add some water until it becomes the consistency of watercolor paint! Use a mix of these to add color to your artwork, and add an outline and highlight using the Pitt pens!

 

 

Photo Feb 28  9 52 26 AMChelsea 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 watercolor and everything in between!


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

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

Materials

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!
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Used my cute Connector watercolors for this ode to my favorite coffee! These colors are super saturated and bright! Perfect for painting happy and bright things such as a pumpkin heart on a latte. 🧡🧡 I love these paints because you can mix and match the colors you’ll be using and create your own temporary custom palette with so much ease. Love them! 

 

Finished this illustration off with my Pitt Artist Pens in Brush tip and Small tip.

Signature

 

Leah-kelly

 Leah Kelly is a modern calligrapher and hand lettering artist. She is a military wife who took up the hobby to create decor and invitations for her own wedding. When she’s not addressing invitation envelopes or writing place cards, she loves to use calligraphy and painting as a creative form of meditation. Leah is currently working to get her professional certificate in graphic design.


Gelato Watercolor Pumpkin

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Materials needed:

  • Gelatos (Iced Chai, Iced Currant, Tangerine, Green Tea)
  • Palette
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Water/ Water Jar
  • Brush

1. Push the Gelatos each into their own well in the palette so that there is a decent amount transferred to the palette (do this for all colors).

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2. Then you can either use a dropper or just the brush to drop some water in each of the wells and mix until you have the right consistency.

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3. To paint your pumpkin:

  • Start with the middle and use Tangerine to paint an oval, while it is still wet add in drops of Iced Currant and Iced Chai
  • Repeat this step with the sides of the pumpkin making a present moon shape
  • Use Green Tea to create leaves on top and on the bottom sides
  • Use Iced Chai to create a stem and some vines as well as some ground under the pumpkin

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*Optional Step: Add details or lettering with a PITT Artist Pen 

 

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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!


Fall leaf with watercolor pencils

Fall is finally here! It's time to celebrate by bringing out all of the fall colors again!

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Today you'll be needing:

 

Start by using your pencil to sketch a maple leaf. Lightly erase the dark lines until they're barely visible.

Take your watercolor pencils and start coloring in the leaf.

Use a wet paintbrush and go over the colors to blend them all together.

Once dry, use the same colors to go over the edges to make them a bit darker.

Use a brown pencil to draw the veins of the leaf. Go over that with your paintbrush as well.

Now use your Pitt Artist pen to letter your quote! 

 

Photo Feb 28  9 52 26 AMChelsea 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!

 

 

 


DIY Thank You Card

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Materials:

 

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1. Cut out the Mixed Media transfer that you want

        • Peel off the paper backing and then place on paper
        • Use the applicator stick to rub the design on the paper
        • Peel off slowly from one corner and keep rubbing to make sure the design stays on the paper   

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2. Add color! 

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3. Add your message using the Artist PITT pen!

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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