Experimenting with Watercolor Pencils
My kids are getting old enough now that afternoon naps don't always happen, and quiet time is oftentimes anything but quiet. So when they do nap-or really are quiet for an hour-it's the most luxurious of mommy moments. This blog post comes out of one of those rare moments when the nap time stars aligned, and I had an hour just to play with watercolor pencils....and it was so relaxing and such a mood boost!
If you've never used watercolor pencils before, I'd really recommend you give them a shot. I'm hardly an artist, and I've never had formal training. I grew up watching my mom paint with regular watercolors, and I do like to play with those too. I think watercolor pencils are easier and less frustrating to use than traditional water colors. Clean up is easy and they are fast to pull out when you just have a short time to paint/draw.
Want to give them a try? Let's get started.
I bought an inexpensive set of watercolor pencils on Amazon, and so far I've been really pleased with them. For paper, I use a Strathmore Journal, similar to this one. I don't have a particular brush that I use--I've been known to grab my kids' brushes!--but generally I look for ones with a very fine tip to give me more precision.
The first thing that I do is quickly sketch out what I want to draw in my notebook with pencil.
If you liked this post, you might want to check out one of my other art posts:
Eric Carle Inspired Art Day:
And Easy DIY Silhouttes:
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