- Kimberly® Watercolor Pencils (700-12A)#710 Pink, #707 Green, #703 Blue, #706 Purple, #713 Yellow, #705 Red, #718 Carmine, #716 Heliotrope
- General's® Little-Red™All-Art® Sharpener
- General's® Factis® Extra Soft White Vinyl Eraser
- "The Masters"® Brush Cleaner and Preserver
- Round # 6 Watercolor Brush
- 140 Lb Cold Press Watercolor Paper
- 8x10 Mat
- Exacto Knife
- Cutting Surface
- Absorbent Paper Towel
- Water Container
- Hot Glue
- Double Stick Tape
- Memorabilia of Your Choice
Wet Brush Technique: Draw in an area with your watercolor pencil and then run a damp brush over the color to activate it.
Shade/Wet Brush Technique: Draw in part of an area with a pencil, then color in the remaining part with a different color. Run a damp brush over the colors and blend them together.
Palette technique: Sketch concentrated amounts of color on a separate sheet of paper. Activate color with a damp brush and then transfer the paint in your brush to your project. If you transfer it to dry paper the paint will stay stationary. If you transfer the paint to wet paper it will spread out across the area that is wet.
These are just a few of the many techniques you can use when working with watercolor pencils. For complete instructions on all the techniques try General's® Kimberly® #70 KIT - Learn Watercolor Pencil Techniques Now!™. This features a 24 page full color book with step by step instruction with Kathi Hanson.
1. Palette Technique on wet paper for leaves. The leaves that sit on top of another leaf are green and the leaves on the bottom are a blue + green mix. Create color swatches of blue and green on scrap paper. Dampen your brush with water and pre wet a top leaf, leaving a few dry spots in it. Activate a green swatch and then touch the brush to the wet leaf. The color will spread out across the leaf every where it is damp. The dry area will stay white. The white area represents a highlight in the leaf. If the whole leaf fills in don't worry about it. Continue painting all the top leaves. Once they are completely dry you can start painting the bottom blue + green mix leaves.(you cannot paint two areas right next to each other at the same time or the colors will spread into each other.)
2. Wet Brush Technique (Sometimes I call this Draw and Wet Technique) cornflowers. Draw in the stems with your green pencil and the corn flowers with your blue pencil. Run a damp brush over the stems first to activate the green color. Rinse out brush and then run the brush over the blue flower lines. As you stroke the brush over the blue lines, color deposited in the brush will come off onto the paper filling in the areas between the lines creating two shades of blue in your flowers.
3. Wet Brush Technique flower centers. Color in the centers with your yellow pencil. Run a damp brush over the area and activate the color.
4. Shade/Wet Brush Technique the flower stems. Color in the entire bud stem except for the left edge with your green pencil. Color in the left edge with your blue pencil and slightly overlap where the green meets up with blue also. If you color over the green a little you will get a nice gradation of color as you blend. Run a damp brush over the colors and blend them together. (Start in the lighter color and work over to the darker color).
5. Palette Technique on wet paper the flowers. Paint the flowers exactly like the leaves. Work fast and loose, wetting the flowers first and then dropping in color. Remember not to paint two flowers right next to each other at the same time or the colors will run into each other. Make swatches of blue, pink and purple. *If you do not have purple make swatches of pink and blue and create your own purple. (Color theory basics are also covered in General's® #70 kit. See how easy it is to create several shades and colors with just a few Kimberly Watercolor pencils.) The six main flowers are painted in this order. Pink, purple, blue, pink, purple, blue. The remaining smaller flowers you paint the color of your choice.
6. Wet Brush Technique flower center lines. Draw in flower center separation lines with your red pencil. Run a damp brush over the line to activate the color.
7. Accent colors on leaves using the Palette Technique on wet paper. Make swatches of flower colors on a piece of scrap paper. Wet a leaf with a damp brush and then load brush with a flower color from your palette. Drop a small amount of color into part of the wet leaf. The color should softly blend out into the rest of the wet area. Now you should have a green leaf with a flower accent color in part of it. Do this to all the leaves using a different flower color on each leaf.
8. Darks on our flowers using the Palette Technique on wet paper. Make swatches of dark flower colors on scrap paper. To get dark color, use pressure when making swatches to deposit a lot of color onto the paper. Dampen a petal and place concentrated petal color at the base of the petal where it touches the flower center. The color will be darkest there and as it travels out into the rest of the damp petal it will softly blend out and be the same color as the rest of the petal. . Do this step on every petal of every flower. Skip around a lot since you cannot paint two petals next to each other at the same time.
9. Optional: Do this exact step on the tips of some of the flower petals and on the edge of any petal that is laying partially under another petal. This is not necessary for a pleasing design. It will just give additional depth to your flowers.
10. Once project is finished and completely dry, lay watercolor paper on a cutting surface, and cut out the center area around the design where the photo is to be placed with an exacto knife. Once done, mount photo in open area of artwork and then mount artwork in mat of your choice. Use double stick tape when mounting.
You can have an open face memory box or secure your items behind a front glass panel. Mine was open faced and I created a frame/box on my own. I took a 9"x11" deep frame, by Tara, and painted it white. While it was still wet I sprinkled fine iridescent glitter on the inner sides of the frame, the glitter stuck to the wet paint. I took a larger frame that had the same opening measurements and painted it white. Once it was dry, I covered the whole front side of the frame with lace from my mothers wedding dress. I secured the lace on the backside of the frame with hot glue. I took the deep frame and laid it down on a table with the backside up and the glass on the table, and laid my matted artwork in the opening. The artwork was resting on the back glass. If it doesn't fit snug, hot glue the back of the mat to glass so it won't move. Now hot glue larger frame on top of smaller frame with mat in it. You now have a deep shadow box made out of two different frames. Add a saw tooth hanger to the back of the frame, hang it on the wall, and add final memorabilia items into the box/frame.
Hope you enjoy making memories and working with Kimberly® Watercolor pencils by General Pencil Co.
“Happy Painting” to you always,