Sometimes I just want to overlook all the expensive materials and make art from plain and basic materials. While watching a video about embossing powders I got the idea of using color pencils as a resist for watercolor. So, if you are filled with ideas but hate to see instructions were special materials are required, this is just for you!
You only need
- at least one color pencil (basic one, not water soluble)
Here's what you do
1) Grab a paper! I prefer quite thin (90 g/m2, 43 lbs) and smooth papers, but you can choose whatever you like or have.
2) Start doodling with the color pencil. You can use any color(s) you like but using white makes the result especially interesting, I think.
3) When you have filled the paper with your doodling, paint the paper with watercolors. Paint over the doodling! Use a lot of paint as we will wash some away in the next phase.
4) Let dry. Seriously. This is the only step where the patience is required.
5) Wash the paper with water. The idea is to get the color pencil strokes appear again. You may have to use the fingers to remove the color if you want a nice pastel background.
5) Let dry!
6) Here's my example. You can use papers for collages, cardmaking, bookcovers, all kinds of papercrafting!
Here are some of my experiments showing various colors of pens and paints.