Derwent Academy Watercolour Skintones 12 Tin


Different ways to use Derwent Academy Watercolour Pencils

Use pencils dry – large areas can be covered by using long downward strokes or small circles. Details can be added later using a sharply pointed pencil.

Make a wash – by scraping colour from a pencil with a craft knife onto a palette or saucer then adding water. Make sure the paint is fully dissolved and test the colour on spare paper before applying to your picture. Washes always appear lighter once dry, so allow for this when mixing your wash. Mix more colour than you think you will need to avoid having to stop and mix more halfway through a wash.

Dampen large areas of dry colour with a flat watercolour brush – this method is good for blending two shades together and gives you good control, but it does take longer than producing a wash.

Dampen areas of dry colour – with a Derwent waterbrush. This is good for strengthening colour on fine detail.

Make a paper palette – by putting a block of dry colour down onto a scrap of paper. Using a wet brush touch the dry colour, this will lift the colour onto the brush and can then be applied to your drawing.