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Watercolor Tutorial: How to Paint with Watercolor Brushes and Pencils

Naranjalidad teaches us different techniques to mix colors with brushes or watercolor pencils, step by step.


Watercolor offers a wide array of creative possibilities. You only need a brush and a few pigments to get going. Choosing the right colors, brushes and techniques is crucial for bringing the final work to life.

Naranjalidad (@naranjalidad) is the artist name of Spanish illustrator and architect Beatriz Ramo. In this article, she tells us concisely how to use two different tools to apply watercolor–pencils and brushes–and how to mix them to create a universe as colorful as hers.

Watercolor Tutorial: How to Paint with Watercolor Brushes and Pencils 2

How to paint with a watercolor pencil

Watercolor pencils are like normal colored pencils but, by diluting them with water, they offer a huge range of possibilities similar to other types of watercolor.

Naranjalidad’s first piece of advice is that painting with these pencils consists of making a color guide as colors behave differently when they’re dry or wet. You can make the guide by wetting the color and painting on paper, indicating to the side which number color each mark corresponds with.

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