Hey there my friends, Daniel West here with some new watercolor pencils from Nuvo to show off. Have you ever wanted to watercolor but like to control color placement and intensity? It seems like with watercolors, you have to give up control and let things flow where they may, sometimes. But with watercolor pencils, you can actually keep a hold on where color goes and still get the look of traditional watercolor.
For today’s project, I used the all new Nuvo Watercolor Pencils. They com in three different sets: Pastel Highlights, Elementary Midtones and Dark Shadows. I chose a palette of red-violets and blue-greens. And the process is super simple.
How to make this card
- Stamp your image on watercolor paper with water proof ink.
- Color in the image with a very light hand using the mix of colors you want.
- Add darker color where you want shading and just a tad bit more intensely
- Use a clean watercolor brush to wet over the surface, petal by petal, leaf by leaf, to activate the watercolor pigments and blend them together. Always begin with the lighter edge and move toward the shadows, cleaning your brush after each petal/leaf.
- You can add darker shadows with an alcohol marker if you like — I did on a few places.
- Finish off the panel with with some gouache if you like and a sentiment.
- For a sentiment, I die-cut some cardstock and vellum with the Tonic Scalloped Circles Dies and heat-embossed Happy Birthday on the vellum with Purple Haze Embossing Powder.
- There’s a sprig and a few flowers I colored with alcohol markers and fussy-cut with my Tonic Lefty Snips. They come from the Summer Flowers Stamp Set.
I hope you enjoyed this process and keep your eye out for a video tutorial using these Nuvo Watercolor Pencils soon.
You may want to pick them up in advance so you can have them on hand. Below you will find a grid of supplies I used for your convenience.
Thank you for joining me today and I hope you have an incredible and crafty weekend!