Watercolor Pencils At Work – Horse Book

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Coloring Book About Horses by Irina Sztukowski

While I have already started working on the second book about Horses, I keep testing watercolor pencils on the drawings from the Book I – Coloring & Activity Book For All Ages. The colors are quite vibrant and I am happy with the results. The ink lines of the drawings do complement the picture and make it perfect!

Coloring Book About Horses by Irina Sztukowski

Woodless Watercolor Pencils At Work

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Cretacolor Monolith Woodless Watercolor Pencils

Exciting moment of un-boxing: I’ve ordered new watercolors, which are presented in the form of wood-less pencils ( Cretacolor Aqua Monolith ) . So basically, artist holds the watercolor in the hand, applies it as pencils would apply, and then can brush the painting with the wet brush. I bought those pencils to try and I love them .

Today I tested them for coloring the page from my new Horses Book

Coloring & Activity Book About Horses

Small Town In The Mountains – Watercolor Pencils – Step By Step

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I was recently visiting my friend artist in a small town of Brentwood that is hiding between the golf course and just behind a highest point of Bay Area, San Francisco, the famous Mountain Diablo. We went to paint en plain-air style, e.g. we grabbed our art materials and went painting outside. 
The weather was beautiful. Everywhere I turned I’d seen a lovely subject for painting. I’ve chosen to paint a scene with a small town in the golf course hills with a huge mountain behind. My choice of the materials this time were watercolor pencils (I’ve previously wrote an article about watercolor pencils HERE ) . 

I’ve sketched the drawing with a simple pencil first, and then started applying my watercolor pencils. That was the part that was actually accomplished outside:
The trick with watercolor pencils is that you have to know what colors to mix and predict what outcome will be at the time you put  water on the paper. I intentionally was drawing with a limited pallet. Out of my 72 watercolor pencils that I have in the box, I’ve picked only 16 to go plein-air painting.
Here is the first stage of the drawing/future painting:
After, I got home the main work had begun. 
I’ve added more pencils in depth, then highlighted the drawing with ink:
Then, I grabbed a softest Kolinsky Sable brush Number 11 and dipped it in a clear water. First areas that were “watered” were large ones, the sky and the grass below. Then I started adding some water to the smaller details such buildings and trees:
Right away I’ve noticed that in some areas the wash of water made the colors too bright, in others the colors were simply “washed” away. But the good part, that with watercolor pencils you can always reapply the colors with one important warning though: the paper should be bone dry before you add more colors. 

After several times of re-applying the pencils and rejuvenating them with water (clear water on the soft brush), the painting was completed and now it is ready to see the World!! 🙂
watercolour pencils step by step
Cheers from 

Dutch Still Life With The New Twist

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In these several paintings I combined my love to the Dutch Still life style with the exploration of a new medium for me. I am playing these days with watercolor pencils.
I’ve tried several brands and came up to a conclusion, that the same as in watercolor paints, I prefer to work with the high quality watercolor pencils when it comes to this medium.
For now I found two wonderful brands that really work great:  

Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencil Tin and Derwent Inktense Pencils

Here are some of them:

And what could be better to try a new twist on Dutch Still life style, when working with new medium.
The Dutch masters  couldn’t even imagine that in the 21st Century one artist would dare to paint their style not only with watercolor, but as well with watercolor pencils, and ink 🙂

Though, they also wouldn’t imaging blogging about it 😉

After drawing with watercolor pencils, touched the artwork the the clear water, and, then added some Winsor&Newton watercolors for the background. When that was completed, and paints dried, I used a black ink to underline each object of the masterpiece.

The first one (above artwork) , Vintage Still Life With Grape And Lemon, contains an old style Dutch Goblet and an antique plate. 

The second one, Vintage Bouquet With Fruits And Butterfly, has numerous flowers in the glass vase, all from the different seasons. Just like in old Dutch Still life the painters didn’t paint flowers bouquets from life. They usually collected sketch-references of each flower all year long; and, then they combined all their “collection” in one gorgeous still life:

Another artwork that I tried with watercolor pencils and ink, Vintage Still Life With Lemon And Berries, has an antique wine glass with juicy berries and a cut lemon, just ready to be served for a nice Summer dinner:

And here is a nice bunch of freshly picked fruits and berries from the 16th Century of a Dutch Still Life painted in our days into a contemporary illustration style. 

I had a feeling that applying an ink into these paintings made them smile, saying “Thank you for remembering us, and giving us a new life!” 
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Peruvian Princess Lily

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A beautiful surprise I have found in my garden last morning. As this season I haven’t planted any flowers in my new house garden; I have to enjoy the previous owners imagination and keep observing different flowers pop here and there.. 

This time it was this cute gentle pink miniature lily.

I have grabbed my watercolors and employed my newly purchased watercolor pencils together with them. I wanted to try the combination of both long time ago; and, these flowers gave me a chance inspiring my artist’s curiosity. It was fun to experiment with different shades of the pencils and see how water unite the strokes and melts them together.

The painting came up more vibrant in colors as I didn’t have chance to over-mix the watercolors on the palette; and, I had to use what was given in 24-pencil-bunch.



Along the way, I’ve also learned some interesting facts about the flowers themselves. For example, if to leave them in the garden, they can grow up to 3 feet tall. 
Native to South America, this plant is commonly called Peruvian Lily or Princess Lily; Lily Of The Incas or Parrot Lily; and, it’s real botanical name is Alstroemeria. There are as many as 190 different types of this flower have been developed (no wonder, so many names it’s gotten!!), featuring many different shapes and colors, including white, yellow, orange, apricot, pink, red, purple, and lavender. This flower is quite popular among the florists as it reminds a miniature lily; it is a hardy plant, stays in the bouquet long and doesn’t lose the freshness of the color.

I bet my Peruvian Princess Lilies will never lose their vibrant “parrot” colors no matter how long they hang being framed and placed on the wall 🙂




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