I’ve posted a new watercolor & colored pencil tutorial on my youtube channel with this mini still life floral (above). New artists have asked about using colored pencil over watercolors, so this video demonstration is a short primer on the supplies, and sequence of some mixed media fun on a watercolor. I love colored pencils by themselves, and they’re an excellent addition to printmaking, but they also do a fine job of adding a little Shazam! to a watercolor that needs a pinch of je ne sais quoi. If you have a secret cupboard of frowny-face watercolors that need refinement, repair, or a second chance, perhaps the time that’s passed since you painted them will present revelations on where to take them next. If you’ve already exhausted the possibilities in watercolor application, put on your nurse’s cap, and pull out your colored pencils for some fix-it fun. If that still life watercolor you painted in the Spring was a lost cause, you get to revisit your art with new ideas, and nothing to lose. Colored Pencil & Red-Cross-Nurse-Betty to the rescue! If you’re not sure where to start, you can watch the video below. And if you have a tip or trick to rescue lost watercolors, please share it in the comments so we can all benefit from your good research. Thanks, and happy practicing!
Here’s a mini #linklove for you: do you know about Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac? It’s a 5-minute daily podcast featuring historical facts, author birthdays, writing arts and a poem. I subscribe, and I love it. You can either read the email you get each day, or listen to it as a very mini-podcast. Start your morning with a listen in the time it takes to put on socks & shoes. 🙂
Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. Both are very hard work. Writing something is almost as hard as making a table. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood. Both are full of tricks and techniques. Basically very little magic and a lot of hard work involved.
~Gabriel García Márquez