Watercolors

Sketchbook on the go with Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencil Roll

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Hi everyone, Mou here! How do you stay creative during summer break? This question particularly applies to all who get extra busy during summer as the kids stay home. I am one of you, so staying creative during summer can sometimes be a slight challenge. I try to be creative daily and sometimes that means I am sketching on the go, making use of small pockets of time. I find that creating on the go is easier with the appropriate tools and here are some of my favorites -

Faber-Castell Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencil, pencil roll, 30 pieces (#114652)

Faber-Castell Deluxe Waterbrush (#770306)

Faber-Castell Graphite pencil Grip 2001 with eraser HB (#117200)

Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen black box of 4 (S, F, M, B) (#567100)

Watercolor paper/ Sketchbook

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If you are wondering about inspiration, my suggestion is to simply look around mindfully wherever you are - be it your kitchen or at the beach or when you go to your mailbox. You'll find something interesting to draw and study if you like to sketch. If sketching is not your thing, take inspiration for colors, textures, materials, etc. I sketched a pinecone that I found by my mailbox this morning when I took my daughter to the stop for the day camp bus. 

Start with a light pencil sketch of the object of your choice. I choose a pencil with an eraser attached. I also use a kneaded eraser sometimes because then I have an eraser that's clean at all times and no eraser shavings to deal with.

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Trace the pencil lines with S-tip Black PITT pen. Being permanent India ink, there is no risk of ink smudging if you choose to use watercolors next.

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The Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor pencils come as open stock, in boxed sets as well as this fun 30-piece roll for sketching on-the-go. I take this with me when I travel. This roll includes a sharpener and a round brush too.

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You can leave the colors dry, or like I do, use a waterbrush to blend the colors. Having a waterbrush is very helpful as it rules out the risk of spilling water while you are out and about or working in tight or uneven spaces.
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Watercolor word art

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Hi everyone, Mou here today! July is World Watercolor Month and Faber-Castell is celebrating by featuring watercolors all month long. Today I am focusing on Connector Paints.

Here are the materials I used:

Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Soft Brush India ink pen, black

FAber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Superfine India ink pen, black

Faber-Castell Graphite pencil Goldfaber 1221 HB

Faber-Castell Connector paint box 24 colors + brush

Faber-Castell Water cup Clic&Go light green

Faber-Castell Kneadable Art Eraser, grey

Other: watercolor paper trimmed to 9x6 inches, scissors

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Start with a pencil sketch.

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Color the image with Connector Paints.

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Add details with PITT pen.

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Hand-letter a quote with the Soft Brush tip PITT pen and cut it out with scissors.

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One in a Melon

For this fun summer card I used the Faber-Castell Mixed Media tin and some watercolor paper.

Mixed Media tin

To start I used the red and green watercolor pencils to sketch out the shape of a slice of watermelon.

Sketch

Then, using the provided brush, add water to blend the color!

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Add Water 1

Next I used the brush tip pen to create the seeds. If you use the side of the brush pen and push down it creates a seed shape! (I used the same technique to make rain drop in this post)

Seeds

Last, add in your details- I outlined the watermelon and added the words "One in a Melon."

One in a Melon

 

The Lettering Fern

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


Be Kind Note

It is always fun to spread a little kindness wherever you go! So every once in awhile I will make a few cards and hide them for people to find! :)

I used the 20 Minute Studio Watercolor for Beginners kit from Faber-Castell.

Supplies

To start I added a piece of thick washi tape in the middle of the paper.

WashiTape

Then, I started adding some florals and leaves all around the washi like a border. You can add whatever type of design you want here.

Draw Florals 1

Draw Florals 2

Once I finished inking my design, I used the mini watercolor palette to add some color. I like to just add big bold strokes. (I don't worry about the color staying inside the lines).

Add Watercolor 1

Add Watercolor 2

After I made sure the watercolor was completely dry, I SLOWLY peeled off the washi tape. (If you don't let the watercolor dry all the way or you go too fast you can rip the paper).

Remove Washi

Final touch is adding a message inside the empty space! Then you can keep it or go hide it for someone to find! :)

Be Kind

 

The Lettering Fern

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


Just Keep Swimming

Just a little motivation to get you through the week!

Materials:

  • Watercolor Art for Beginners kit

Watercolor Art Kit

This kit is awesome! It comes with a small set of watercolors, a brush, 3 Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor pencils, stencils, some paper, and a Pitt Artist pen!

To start I picked the stencil I wanted to use. The one I picked reminded me of seaweed. To start I just quickly and lightly traced it (I like a more loose and messy look, if you want a clean line go slowly when tracing your stencil)

Pick the stencil

Trace the Stencil

After the initial trace I went back over it for a more "sketched" look.

Add to the Sketch

Then add your words! I played around with a mix of styles here!

Add Words

ADD COLOR!!! Just use the brush to wet the paints. Like I said earlier I like the messy, loose look so I just brushed the color on all over!

Green Paint

Then finally I added some paint splats (that hopefully resemble bubbles...sorta) as well as a few other paint details.

Just Keep Swimming

 

The Lettering Fern

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


Create a Watercolor Shamrock for St. Patrick's Day!

Today, let's make this super festive watercolor shamrock!

FaberCastell_WatercolorShamrock

 

All you'll need is your connector paints in "yellow green" and "green", your Pitt Artist pens in "leaf green" and a size small black fineliner.

 

Sketch out a shamrock lightly in pencil, and paint the inside of it with water. Then grab your connector paints, and drop in your color! I like to mix the two colors together to add a little depth to it.

 

Use your Pitt Artist brush pen to letter your words, then use the fineliner to add a shadow! Super simple, super festive, super fun!

 

Watch step-by-step below!

 

 

 

 

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!


Get Lucky in March

What do you think of when you think of March? I start to think of Spring, rainbows, shamrocks, and the Luck of the Irish!

Here is a fun rainbow blend using negative space that you can use on whatever you want!

Materials:

To start use the Washi tape to tape down the edges of your paper.

When you peel the tape off it will make a nice boarder on your paper.

Washi Tape

Then using the masking fluid draw out your shamrock shapes (you can draw other shapes here).

(Let the masking fluid COMPLETELY DRY before painting over it)

*If you don't have masking fluid (or you don't want to buy it) there are 2 options:

1.You can sketch out the shape with pencil and paint around it or

2. you can get this inexpensive contact paper and cut out the shape that way.

Masking Fluid

Once the masking fluid is completely dry you can start painting. I used a flat watercolor brush, but any watercolor brush should work. Start at the top with red and for your way through the rainbow. 

*You want to work fairly quickly while the watercolors are wet to get those nice watercolor bleeds.

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Rainbow2
Rainbow2

When the paint is COMPLETELY DRY you can start peeling off the masking fluid.

If you just start to rub it a little it will start coming off.

*It is very important when you are using masking fluid that you make sure everything is fully dry or your paper will rip.

Masking Fluid Peel

In the negative space add your lettering or words!

Get Lucky

 

The Lettering Fern

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


Watercolor Pencil Block Letter Blends

Materials:


First, you want to lightly sketch out your block letters.

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Then, start filling in the block letters with the watercolor pencils. I used a mix of 4 colors (2 reds and 2 pinks) starting with the darkest color on the bottom of the letters. 

*Repeat this step until you have filled in all the letters.

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Once you have colored in the full letter, just add water! Don't worry about filling in all the white spaces with the pencil because when you add water it will even out.

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LOVE3
LOVE3

If you want, you can use a black Pitt Artist pen to add in details, like the outline I added in the next picture. 

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The Lettering Fern

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


Watercolor Hearts Card

I guess you could call this a "bleeding hearts" card :)

Materials Used:

It is so fun to be able to make homemade cards to give to the special people in your life! To start this one off place your tape across the bottom of the card somewhere (wherever you want your words to go). Then pick your colors and start painting hearts everywhere!

*The quicker you go the better the color bleeds will be because the paint will still be wet.

Connector Paints
Connector Paints

Let the hearts dry, remove the tape, and use the PITT pens to add details. I outlined a few of the hearts and then added my lettered words across the bottom in the white space.

Add Details Close up shot of Details



 

The Lettering Fern

 

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


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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Pond4

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.

 

 

Ducks
Quote

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