Watercolors

All The Watercolors

I gathered up all of my Faber-Castell watercolor tools to do a quick comparison and also to show a few different techniques to use with each one.

Final Watercolor

 

1. Connector Paints

 

2. Watercolor EcoPencils

 

3. Goldfaber Aqua Watercolour Pencils

 

4. Albrecht Durer Watercolour Pencils

 

5. Albrecht Durer Watercolour Markers

 

6. Gelatos

 

 

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


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