The watercolor pencil workshop with Kate Johnson has begun. This first week we are just getting acquainted with our materials, mixing colors– Making color charts– deciding which brands of paper, pencils etc we prefer. It has been a lot of fun, but very hard not to feel intimidated as most of the other members seem to have so much experience and knowledge and skill already. I have never painted, and am just learning to draw. But I am bravely going to go forth and work the exercises and post my homework. I hope to see lots of progress from beginning of class to the end.
This is the color chart for the 15 colors of caran d’ache watercolor pencils, I plan to keep in my portable kit. I did the chart on the first two pages of the moleskine sketchbook that I will keep with the pencils. This way, I have easy reference to all of the colors I can mix from my 15 pencils.
One of our assignments was to paint something simple like a flower. The tulip on the left is the first time I have used these pencils without an ink outline. I did draw it lightly in pencil first and I am very pleased with how it turned out, especially the shading.
For the tulip on the left, I wanted to play with a mottled background and so needed the brush pen outline so the tulip would stand out. Loving color as I do, I am having a wonderful time in this class.