My name is Julia Woning and I love to be creative with Derwent materials. In this project, I draw and paint my old house in the Netherlands. It’s a place that means a lot to me.
My top tip, although it’s incredibly tempting to do so, is don’t dive in and start with color straight away.
Take your time and start with a sketch of the house using a Graphic pencil. If you have time, you can always start with a softer pencil to get the shape right and then add a heavier pencil, like a 2B, to confirm the shape. Using a lighter pencil allows you to rub out any mistakes; we all make them!
The best thing about Derwent Line Makers is that they are water resistant, so when I add color to the piece with the Derwent Inktense Paint Pan Set, the lines stay beautiful and won’t dissolve.
The Inktense Paint Pan Sets are ideal for me because the colors are bold, vibrant and water resistant with high lightfastness: ideal for a professional artist.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s start with some basic watercolor techniques!
When you work with any water-based material, you have to work from top to bottom on your paper, back to front, large to small and from light to dark. If there was a single rule I would offer people, it’d be that.
Layer upon layer and every time you have to wait until the layer is dry to do a next layer. You can speed it up with the help of a hair dryer. But patience is the key. The best thing about Inktense though is that once it’s dry, it’s permanently fixed, unlike a traditional watercolour which will always move when you add water.
For me, I start by mixing some colors in a porcelain palette; this way I can create more colors. There’s always more possibilities with a blendable medium, which is another reason why I love Inktense so much.
I start by creating the colour of the roof, then I apply the same color on to the drawing. If I apply a different color next to the already wet color, the possibility that the colors would flow into each other is big. So waiting until the first color is dry is very important. Be patient, go make a cup of tea or start planning your next move!
You can, if you like, speed it up by using a hair dryer or going to a different color in your project like I did. I immediately went to the green leaves. You can see that I build up the greens by putting layers upon layers, starting with a lighter green.
One mistake people make with wet mediums is over adding color. It can make your piece too overbearing. My top tip: leave some white space open in your work. It gives a fresher look to your project. So be aware to know when to stop before you do too much layering.
Good luck with practicing with the Derwent Inktense Paint Pan Sets and enjoy creating.
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