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Amazrock Watercolor Pencils Tutorial - Painting Maine Cat

Watercolor Pencil Tutorial – Maine Cat Drawing | Amazrock Art & Craft

Watercolor Pencil Tutorial on how to paint a realistic drawing of a maine cat

This watercolor pencil tutorial is a collaboration project with Lindsay Weirich aka “TheFrugalCrafter” (popular artist blogger on Youtube).


We are excited about this work of art as Lindsay reveals hot tips on how to get the best results of watercolor pencils with dry and wet painting watercolor techniques.





Drawing With Watercolor Pencils Tutorial – Full Length Video on how to paint a Maine cat with Amazrock Watercolor Pencils

Looking to learn good techniques from Lindsay for drawing and painting ? | Watch this drawing with watercolor pencils tutorial video


10 Watercolor Technique Tips | Watercolor Pencils Tutorial with Amazrock Art & Craft


1. Watercolor paper or a robust mixed media paper is recommended for the best results.

mazrock Watercolor Tutorial-CHoose the right Hot or Cold Press Paper

Go for “Hot press paper” for its smooth like surface drawing paper. It will withstand lots of water and aggressive techniques. Use this paper for botanical, portraits or any time you want a smooth line and lots of detail.


You may consider “Cold press paper” if you would like your drawing paper with a bit of tooth or bumpy texture. Choose this if you want to add lots of layers. Rough paper offers more textures (as the name implies). As such, it is ideal for painting landscapes and other subjects where you want a more grainy or expressive look.



2. Try taping your paper down for warping prevention.

Amazrock Watercolor Tutorial | Tape Paper Down for control and border effect

You can use any drawing board you have. Alternatively, you can recycle the cardboard backing from an old paper pad or inexpensive lightweight foam core board.


The plywood/Masonite boards are also great if you prefer working at an easel. The extra weight will keep your painting from rocking as you paint!


Taping the paper down will also give you a beautiful white border if you paint to the edge.



3. Start with an accurate sketch on scratch/drawing paper


Why ? You would want to make mistakes and corrections on your scratch/drawing paper rather than the more expensive watercolor paper or mixed media paper.


After your drawing is good you can transfer it to your fine watercolor paper with graphite paper or a lightbox/window.



4. Pick up color from the tip of your pencil with a wet brush.

Amazrock Watercolor Tutorial | Water Color Brush

This is one way for the wet brush to easily pick up color from the tip of the watercolor pencil. Once you have the required intensity or concentration of colors, you are ready to create wet washes and watercolor effects.


Amazrock Watercolor Tutorial | Colored Pencil Palette

You can also make a palette for your watercolor pencils by sanding a cheap plastic palette. Color the pencils on the plastic and then wet the swatch of color with a brush and paint.


Amazrock Watercolor Tutorial | Save Pencil Lead for Palette

Don’t throw away broken lead – No more tossing broken points in the trash! Instead, you can save them and use them on the palette. Add some water and you are ready to paint.


NOTE. Wet watercolor pencil lead tends to weaken and becomes more prone to break more easily. Do be advised to let the pencil lead to dry before trying to sharpen it.



5. How to sharpen your artist colored pencils ?

Amazrock Watercolor Tutorial | Turn Pencil Sharpener and not the pencil

A handheld or electric sharpener can be used to sharpen your artist colored pencils. However, do note to turn the sharpener and not the pencil. This helps to avoid breakage.


You can also use a craft knife to whittle away the wood and leave the lead intact for painting. This simple act conserves lead for painting large areas.



6. Watercolor pencils can be used like traditional colored pencils.

Amazrock Watercolor Tutorial | Colored Pencils - Use them Dry-on-Dry

Just use your watercolor pencils like dry pencils to draw and color on dry paper for a traditional colored pencil look.

– For fur effect, try the hatching technique

– For shadow effect, try cross hatching technique

– For textured effects, try scumbling (or known as scribbling) technique


Have you heard of “Dry on Wet” drawing technique ? Try drawing with a sharp dry pencil on wet paper for darker details. This is known as the “Dry on Wet” technique.


NOTE. For bold expressive marks that will not easily dissolve, do explore how to use a wet pencil to draw on wet paper (known as Wet on Wet technique).



7. Use a “Wet on Dry” technique for stippling effect.

Amazrock Watercolor Tutorial | Wet on Dry Drawing Technique

Just dip the tip of the pencil in water and dot on details to create the cat’s muzzle. (from which the whiskers protrude)



8. Details are best on dry paper with a sharp pencil.

Amazrock Watercolor Tutorial | Use Dry like a regular colored pencil

How do we build depth and dimension for the drawing painting ? To achieve realistic paintings with full depth and interest, you would need to master the technique of layering colors and shadows !


NOTE. See the video tutorial on how to produce the effects with your watercolor pencils and mixed media.



9. Burnishing is used to build up colors and create a smooth glassy look.

Amazrock Watercolor Tutorial | Burnishing


Are you looking to create a smooth and glassy look ?

To achieve this effect with watercolor pencils, do explore coloring dry on dry and liquefying the pigment with water. It important to wait for first layer to dry first!


Next to complete the burnishing effect, keep coloring (or layering colors) with your watercolor pencils “Dry” until the grain of the paper is full of pigment and the color is rich and vibrant.



10. Mix your media for a full range of effects !

Amazrock Watercolor Tutorial | Mixed Media Coloring Painting


A white paint (or gel) pen will help create bright elegant highlights!


You can also add traditional colored pencil over a watercolor pencil painting as a final layer. Do be aware that watercolor pencil will not stick over traditional colored pencils.




Amazrock Watercolor Tutorial | Completed Maine Cat Painting with Amazrock Watercolor Pencils

REMINDER. When your painting is done and it is time to remove your tape to reveal the white border that adds the appeal to the beautiful painting.

Do peel it back flat at a 45 degree angle to discourage paper tearing or heat the tape with a hair dryer to make it easier to remove.



Commentary by Lindsay of TheFrugalCrafter


I hope you enjoyed these watercolor pencil hacks and apply them to your next watercolor pencil project. Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!



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