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Albrecht Dürer Artists‘ Watercolour Pencils, Faber-Castell.

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The Albrecht Dürer artists' watercolour pencils are high quality watercolours that are great for providing versatility of expression when drawing, shading and painting. They feature acid free and lightfast pigment in a 3.8mm, fully water soluble lead. They are easily activated to be transformed for a soft, vibrant colour lay-down with only a few fine or broad brush strokes to reveal the full and unique power of the colours. Depending on the paper being used, the pigments can be completely dissolved, and will then behave in the same way as classic watercolour paints.

Frisk Masking Fluid Fine liner with a 0.5mm nib

Frisk masking fluid is ideal for accurately masking out areas that are required to be left blank on your creations. Best used underneath your watercolours, once dry you can carefully peel or rub off with your finger tips, or an eraser, and the area underneath will be left blank. The nib applicator is a fine pin point in a 0.5mm that allows you to achieve the finest precision & sharpest lines making it perfect for adding in delicate details within your work.

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Things To Try...

Activating.
There are a number of ways to activate your watercolour pencils, each resulting in a different intensity. Try swatching them out each way to see which way you prefer!
1. Scrawl the colour directly from the pencils onto a dry page and then activate with water.
2. Dip the lead into water to activate the pigment first, then lay your colour down.
3. Swipe a wet brush into the lead to use the pigment on a paint brush for a more traditional watercolour approach.

If you are laying the pigment straight to the page by drawing, it’s best to work in small circular motions to create an even application of colour. Then once the pigment is activated there won’t be any streaks or pencils marks left on the page.

You can work in layers activating as you go, or you can sketch the whole thing out and add water to areas you wish to blend.

You don’t need to use water at all, you can draw like regular pencils. Great for outlining, adding in texture and building up layers of shading to your work.

Sharp pencils are ideal for fine lines and details, while a stubby pencil is great for laying down an even application of colour.

Keep your brush clean between applications, just like you would with traditional watercolours, to prevent unwanted muddying of your colours.

Blending. Blend from light to dark. Use clean water and blend into your pencil for a clean transition.

Mixing. There are a few ways to mix, here are a couple of the easiest ways:
1. Directly on the page. Layer the colour you wish to mix and activate with water.
2. Use scrap paper as a palette. Layer the two colours and activate, then apply to your page for a bit more control.

Wet-On-Wet. Create some interesting blooms by swiping pigment off the lead and laying onto a wet page.

Washes. By adding in more water, you can dilute the pigment for delicate colours. Use a tiny bit of lead from your pencil in a palette and add water to dilute the pigment.

Planning. Masking fluid is best used on a clean sheet- so it’s best to study your reference throughly or do a practice sketch first so you can plan where the areas you need to be kept clear are going to be.

Once dry, the masking fluid turns into a rubber like consistency and should be easy to peel away or gently remove by rubbing with an eraser or your fingers.

Artist Advice 

If you’re struggling with your backgrounds- leave them to come back to later. Sometimes you just need fresh eyes. Try not to overwork watercolours, lay the paint down and let it do its thing!

Create a deckled edge to your artwork, using a metal ruler. It gives your smaller pieces a unique finish - especially when using a float frame.

 Upcycle old frames found in vintage/second hand stores for your finished work. Buying second hand is cheaper and gives your work a custom finish.
 

ScrawlrBox #092
ScrawlrBox #092
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ScrawlrBox #092
ScrawlrBox #092
ScrawlrBox #092
ScrawlrBox #092
ScrawlrBox #092
ScrawlrBox #092

ScrawlrBox #092

£18.95

With the #092 Scrawlrbox, we focused on finding inspiration beneath our feet as we explored the mini-beast wonderland. Candace Fincher led the way as our featured artist this month! With her wonderful not-so-creepy crawly creations. This box contained all you need to sketch all your findings with a set of Faber Castell watercolour pencils, masking fluid, and 10 sheets of paper. *Allergy Warning: Contains Latex

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