Quick Facts About Watercolor With Pencils – Advance Guide

Last Updated on January 2, 2021 by Michael Vega

If you’re into art, you will understand that they are several tools at your disposal with which to make great art. Just as they are many, you have to be familiar with them to get the best out of them. You need to know what you can do with them and what you can’t achieve with these tools.

If you’re thinking about coloring, you must have come across watercolor with pencils.

Watercolor pencils sometimes look like they are regular colored pencils but actually not. What’s more? They are used pretty much the same way. But there are certain facts about watercolor with pencils that you need to know to get the best results.

In this post, I will be sharing a few of them with you. So get ready to arm yourself with some quick facts about watercolor with pencils.

Advance Facts For Watercolor With Pencils


While other coloring pencils can draw normally, watercolor with pencils goes one further. And it does that when water is added to it.
If you’re looking to use a watercolor pencil, you need a brush.

You see, these pencils are designed to be used with water. But you need a medium with which you’re going to apply the water. And this medium is a brush (usually a soft one).

The process of applying water after making marks with the pencil is called activation. Once this is done, something incredible happens: You’ve got watercolor art as your piece of art begins to act like watercolor.

But how is this even possible?

It’s all thanks to the way the watercolor pencil is made. The binder that holds the pigment in the watercolor pencils is water-soluble. This makes it act differently from the waxy or oily stuff in regular colored pencils.

It may sound small but it is big enough to expose you to a world of many possibilities.

Can be used as Portable Paint

Another fact about watercolor with pencils is that you can use it in several different ways.

One of them is the first point mentioned. Another is it can be used as portable paint which is a clever on-the-go move.

For this, draw a spot of color on any area of your paper. Then use it as you would use a palette.

Another way you can go about this is to rub your brush directly against the tip of the pencil. Of you will get the same desired results but you’ll have less control over how much pigment you get.

The Advantages and Disadvantages

Not only are they portable, but watercolor with pencils is also quite inexpensive. This gives them some sort of advantage and preference over traditional watercolors. You should also read this guide for Watercolor versus Colored Pencils to be more clear between themes.

You will usually find them in any art store. There’s also the act that they can be sharpened to a fine point. This makes it easy for users to use it to develop details that are hard to get using traditional watercolor paints. But that’s not to say that watercolor pencils can’t be used alongside traditional watercolor paints. Read my Watercolor Pencils Using Guide

NB: It is important to note that despite all the advantages that watercolor pencils provide, there are some traditional watercolor techniques that may be difficult to duplicate.

Masking Fluid

Just like you’re using regular watercolor paint, you can use the masking fluid of a watercolor pencil to create something magnificent. Masking fluid comes in handy for those who want to make sure that specific parts of their painting stay white.

You can use it to add whimsical designs or small details to your masterpiece. If that’s too complicated, you can simply use the masking fluid to stay in line. In other words, it helps you to not draw outside the lines. Ad this helps you to achieve a clean, fresh-looking painting.

All you have to do is apply the masking fluid to the parts of your drawing material that you want to remain white. Then you wait for it to dry and then start painting.

Once you’re done with the piece and it is dry, you can go ahead to rub and pull off the masking fluid.
You should know though, that masking fluids dry up very quickly. And this makes its use a bit complicated.

On one hand, it is useful as you don’t have to spend too much time and it won’t keep you too long from starting off on your piece. On the other hand, it can do a lot of damage to your Paintbrush. For one, it can be pretty difficult to remove the dried masking fluid from your brushes.

This can cause lasting damages to the bristles. If you have older brushes, use them to apply your masking fluid. You can dedicate that brush to that purpose only. You can also protect the bristles from the fast-drying fluid by running it over a wet bar of soap.


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