Tips for Beginners: Painting with Watercolor Pencils on Canvas - Art Supplies Australia

Ready to paint but don't know where to start? Watercolour pencils might be the perfect medium for you! They're versatile, easy to use, and super fun. In this post, we'll give you some tips for beginners on how to get started painting with watercolour pencils on your custom artist canvas. Let's get started!

What Are Watercolor Pencils and How Do They Work?

Watercolour pencils are precisely what they sound like - pencils that can be used to create watercolour paintings. They're made with a waxy core that contains pigment, and when you add water to the picture, the colour will spread and blend just like traditional watercolours. Watercolour pencils are a great way to add colour and life to your paintings, and they're a fun and easy way to get started with watercolours.

Supplies You'll Need

To start painting with watercolour pencils, you'll need a few basic supplies. Here's what you'll need:

  • Watercolour pencils: You can find watercolour pencils at any art supply store or online. They come in a wide range of colours, so you can choose the ones you like best.
  • A watercolour brush: A watercolour brush is different from a regular paintbrush - it has soft, natural bristles designed to hold and release water. You can find watercolour brushes at any art supply store.
  • Canvas: You can use any canvas for your painting, but we recommend starting with a small one. You can find canvases at any art supply store or online.
  • Water: You'll need water to activate the colour in your watercolour pencils. Just use regular tap water.

Tips and Tricks for Artists New to Using Watercolor Pencils

  1. Start with a light touch. - When you're just starting, it's best to use a light touch when applying the colour. Of course, you can always add more colour later if you want to, but it's much harder to fix a too dark picture.
  2. Create a light sketch before you start painting. - It can be helpful to sketch out your picture before you start painting. This will help you plan the composition of your painting and decide where to place the different colours.
  3. Use a wet brush to blend the colours. - A wet brush is essential for blending colours. To wet your brush, dip it in water and shake off the excess.
  4. Experiment with different techniques. - Watercolor pencils are a versatile medium, so don't be afraid to experiment with different techniques. For example, try using them wet or dry, blending multiple colours, or using them to create texture in your painting.
  5. Have fun! - Painting should be fun, so don't take it too seriously. Instead, experiment and see what you can create. There are no mistakes in art, so go ahead and let your creativity flow!

The Benefits of Using Watercolor Pencils on Canvas

Watercolour pencils offer several benefits for artists, especially beginners. Here are just a few of the benefits of using watercolour pencils on canvas:

  • They're easy to use: Even for beginner artists, watercolour pencils are very easy to use. They're also very forgiving, so you can make mistakes without ruining your painting.
  • They're versatile: Watercolor pencils can be used to create a wide range of effects, from light and airy sketches to rich and detailed paintings.
  • They're portable: Watercolor pencils are small and lightweight, so they're easy to take with you wherever you go. You can even take them on vacation or in your carry-on luggage when you travel.
  • They're affordable: Watercolor pencils are very reasonable, especially compared to other art supplies like paint and brushes.

So, if you're looking for a fun and easy way to add some colour to your life, why not try painting with watercolour pencils on your canvas? You might be surprised at how much you enjoy it!

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