Studio Activity #2

Let’s talk watercolor pencils!


I did a little online research on how to use watercolor pencils. Simply put, water is added at some point during use. Time to experiment!

First, let’s look at all 12 colors.

Colored pencils with no water added.


With the pink pencil, I lightly drew a circle, then applied water with a brush to blend the color.


With the blue pencil, I drew a circle then applied water with the tip of the pencil to blend.


With the red and yellow pencils, I applied both, then used water and brush to blend to create orange.


With a brush, I applied water to the paper first, then used the green colored pencil over the area.


Time to put it all together!

Using a page from a coloring book, I practiced the above techniques.


The verdict? The jury is still out….

Here’s what I LIKED about watercolor pencils: the ability to apply controlled color on the surface, there was less mess than paint, and less water used.

Here’s what I DISLIKED about watercolor pencils: It was a little difficult to create different intensities of color. I found I had to press firmly on the pencil, then hope the lines became smooth with the water application. I sometimes I had to apply more water to try and build color, which in turn made the paper become warped. I found I kept alternating between pencil and brush and at certain points felt it would have just been a little more simple using actual paint.

While watercolor pencils certainly wouldn’t be my go-to medium, I think they would be a fun way to learn about color for younger kids. The addition of various amounts of water can create more vibrant colors, and I believe that would be very appealing for kids. And the less-mess factor is a big component of why watercolor pencils are great for young artists who are experimenting!

Thank you for joining me on my watercolor pencil journey!