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Let’s start with art

Part 8 Experiment with wet and dry watercolour pencils to add interest to your artwork, with Linda Birch


Practise a variety of techniques for watercolour pencils

Choose the right surfaces

Have fun with your watercolour pencils!

Imagine sitting under the shade of a tree and confronting the most paintable view, only to realise you hadn’t brought paints with you, because there wasn’t room in your luggage. Then consider another possibility: watercolour pencils. Admittedly, they do not replace all the effects achievable in watercolour, but they are versatile enough to allow you to make paintings with very little equipment. Put together a good-quality sketchbook, a brush, a small bottle of water and a set of watercolour pencils, and you have the materials to help render what you see.

Watercolour pencils are extremely versatile, possessing the ability to create colour washes and vibrant line, adding energy and variety to paintings. The pencils are created by a mixture of water-soluble pigment, wax and a hardener. The colour is encased in wood, although sticks without wood are available, and called aquasticks.

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Welcome to the special Summer issue of Leisure Painter. From step-by-step demonstrations to help you paint landscapes, seascapes, animals, gardens and flowers with more confidence to beginner's guides to gouache and watercolour pencils, there's something for everyone in this month's issue. Learn how delicate washes of translucent watercolours can help you paint white flowers on white paper; and how to paint buildings and urban scenes quickly and effectively. There's practical advice to help you develop your composition and colour-mixing skills, and an opportunity to paint a beautiful rural coastal scene in pastel. Make the most of your painting time with this issue of Leisure Painter.