Learn to Paint Whimsical Roses | Watercolor Pencils | Suzanne Kurilla | Skillshare

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Learn to Paint Whimsical Roses | Watercolor Pencils

teacher avatar Suzanne Kurilla, Watercolor & Acrylic Artist

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Getting Started & Layering

    • 2. Blending Colors

    • 3. Blending & Contrast

    • 4. Working with water

    • 5. Details & Finishing touches

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About This Class


In this class, you will learn how to use watercolor pencils and experiment with blending techniques for beginners. First, you will start off with your drawing, ( I have practice drawings that you can download in the class project area ) which can be done in regular pencil and then lightened with a kneaded eraser. Another option for you would be to jump right in with the watercolor pencils and start that way. Most watercolor pencils do not erase completely so just keep that in mind. 

I will go through the colors that I chose for my floral art project. I will also show how to layer and blend each color with water, so you can see how they dissolve and transform into a painting.  When using watercolor pencils you can blend your colors completely or you can leave some of the texture from the pencil. The texture outcome will depend on how much water you use. This process will lead to some fun art experiments depending on your subject matter. 

This class is great for those looking to expand in watercolors. The watercolor pencils offer more detail if you are someone who likes more structure and precision throughout your artwork. I have listed all of the supplies that I used down below. Reference photos are in the class project area. 

Supplies Used

  • Fantasia¬† - Watercolor Pencils
  • Winsor & Newton - Watercolor Paper
  • Winsor & Newton - Watercolor Brush
  • Paper Towel/Rag
  • A cup of Water

If you haven't already, I recommend making a color reference chart with whatever watercolor set that you are using. Some colors may look completely different when the water is added, so this reference chart will be a great help for you to look back at. The colors that I have do not have any names, so in this case, they are numbered for convenience. I have taped the chart inside the tin case so it always remains in the same place.  


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Suzanne Kurilla

Watercolor & Acrylic Artist





About the Artist 

   Hi everyone, My name is Suzanne and I am based in the US. Some areas I specialize in are Watercolor & Acrylic Painting. I have worked with adults of various ages and artistic levels. I enjoy creating content and helping others on their creative journey.

You can find my work on Instagram and FREE mini-tutorials on YOUTUBE, ArtwithSuzanne!
Also, l have Art prints for purchase and more in my Society6 shop.  

Now on TikTok, mini tutorials, Artwithsuzanne. 

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1. Getting Started & Layering: thank you for joining in today. And for today's lesson, I will be talking about what are color pencils, and I have a still photo here. Of the particular set that I have, I always recommend doing is like a swatch chart. Their ice watched all of the colors, and I have the corresponding numbers. So I know what the colors will look like once they're activated with water. That's definitely a tip number one there. And I'm going to swatch out the few colors here that I'm going to be using for this project . So I'm gonna do a nice even coat for that first shade because it is, it's pretty light, and I want you to be able to see it on the camera for the other ones. I'm going to deepen up the top portion and then faded out a bit. And then you will see the effects. When I add the water to each color right here, I'm going to start an activate each color with a little bit of water, and as you can see, it will just melt right into the paper, depending on what type of watercolor pencils you're using. Some may show a little bit of a grain in some. Mina, if you if you hours are showing a little bit of grain, you can try adding a little bit more water. - Also , the more water you use, the lighter the color will be. 2. Blending Colors: first up here. I already have my floral drawing that I'm going to be working with today. And I erased the lines. So at their, um, nice and light and they won't compete with the, um the colors that were going to be using here. And I have a few different pencils there. I have, like, a nice medium shade pink and then more of, ah, Petri tone. And then I have a a deeper it's a little bit more of, ah, purple e a purplish pink there just for the shadow area soldier, the colors that just happened to be in the, um, colored pencil kit that I have. And again, I'm using the deeper, purplish shade for the outer edges and the center area there so you can distinguish between each pedals to cause that we don't want everything to, you know, turn one color and look like a big blob. So you want to, um, layer your colors at a slow pace and you can ease up on your pressure in the beginning because if you try to go too hard too fast, you're not gonna be able to layer them nice and smooth, so just keep that in mind? Do you want to keep your pressure nice and light when you're first starting out here, Even with my purple There it's Yes, it is darker, but I am, um, using a light pressure as well. 3. Blending & Contrast: I am going to continue with my peach here on the bottom part of flour and then go in with a little bit of the deeper pink right? Were the pedals are separated. I'm pressing a little bit harder. There is, you can see to create that border. And then I also have, like, a loose pedal down here below that I'm going to use the peach for And then again, just darkening around the edges with the deeper pink to add some depth and dimension moving on to the second flower down below. I am using the that darker purple color to outline the pedals, and I switched back and forth with the deeper Pinkas. Well, just enough so you can locate and see where everything is is even for me. When I erased my lines, I, um some of them erased a little too much to the point where you may lose your drawing. So you can, um, be aware of that. Make sure you can still see your guidelines and you know where everything have another loose pedal up top? Just to help balance out the composition, it's I'm gonna get another quick outline here and in the middle. I have more of a but so this will be a rose bud with, um, stem and some leaves just to show a little bit more. Um, a little bit more examples here with different colors. So, again, even when you're layering, I used like a medium shade green and a little bit lighter, like a said, you could almost think of it. Um, well, it is very comparison comparable to colored pencils. Do you want to do your lightest first and then you can work your way up to your darks. You can always add on another layer if you have to. If you need to deepen something but do water, you'll be surprised in a little bit. Here, I'll show how much the water changes, the your actual outcome. And for this second flower down here, I'm going to continue the same steps as I did with the 1st 1 little bit deeper in the center, back and forth between the purple on the pink and then the for the highlighted sections, a little bit of the lighter peach tome, this one down here to really deepen it up. I did use a little bit of red and with purple. That's something you can experiment with two as well. Even if you didn't want to do it on your actual project, whatever you're working on, you can test them out on a scrap sheet. Could gently layer one color and then the other. And then you can add a little bit of water and see how it comes out. And then, of course, you can let it dry and at a second layer, and then you repeat the process in, regardless of what kit you have. I will include AM a photo of mine in the description of the class. If anyone is interested. These are the Fantasia brand, and there are no specific color names to the pencils. There's only numbers. So that's why you may hear me say, you know, like a light pinker medium or this and that there's yellow, Guy said. There's no actual color names 4. Working with water: - I'm going to go back up to the first flower and add in a tiny bit of the red that I added with the 2nd 1 just because I needed it to be a little bit deeper, because I prefer a higher contrast for the leads. I also have the light, medium and dark shades, so I'm starting off with my light medium first and then just deepening up the edges with the darker on the one I chose would be like a bluish screen. But if you didn't want that when you could off, experiment with staff green or maybe like an army green, so again you can always practice on a a separate sheet. - Now I'm going to begin to add small amounts of water, as you can see there, how much darker the colors are going to be, and I'm gonna focus with one color at a time because you don't want to put too much down because you don't want the colors to run together. So, like I said, I'm sticking with the the darker shadow colors first and again, just small amounts of water, and I have my detailed brush there. - Once you've done just about everything you could with the first flower. Then you're gonna move on to, like, a different section here so you can allow that to dry up a little bit and then move on to something else while that dries so you can skip around a little bit, - Um 5. Details & Finishing touches : for the next section here. I'm going to continue to move on. Yeah, First gonna make sure everything is dry before you start and then move on to the lighter colors that I did not do yet. So I am activating them now with the water and again just, um, little bits at a time. As you're laying down the water, you will be able to see how the the watercolor pencil itself, how would actually like, disintegrates and then melts into melts into your paper and you can at a little extra water if you see any sort of graininess or a little bit of texture, that will totally depend on the brand you're using. But sometimes there is a tiny bit of texture, and depending on what I'm doing, it it doesn't really bother me. Sometimes that can actually look really nice, But if you want things to be super blended and really smooth, you can just add a little bit of extra water, and it should, like, melt everything right into the paper. - Oh , - thank you so much for watching. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and you can feel free to check out some of my other classes . I have many other watercolor classes and also acrylic paintings available