Learning Watercolors

Sketches and Studies

I’ve never had any real success with learning watercolors. Last week I decided to just jump in and see if I could figure things out. One of the things I learned in the last couple of days playing with them is not to get too ambitious. Don’t plan on a lot of control. Just be loose and let the paint do it’s thing and play off that.


I also discovered the Faber-Castell Pitt pens really are waterproof. All these were sketched with Pitt pens then immediately bombarded with watercolors and they didn’t run once. Which is odd, since they will often smear when using Copic markers. I blame science. Chemistry, specifically.


Faces for me are good places to play with color. Just keeping in mind the color zones of the face, especially Caucasian faces (Yellowish forehead, pink/reds around cheeks/nose, and grays and blues from the nose down, gives you ways to experiment with the paint.

Of course, next week I may decide I didn’t know what I was talking about and throw all these breakthroughs in the trash.

2 thoughts on “Learning Watercolors

  1. I’ve had that happen where the markers I use with watercolor do not translate to use with Copic or other permanent markers. I had a sheet of paper where I tested out which markers could be used with which materials. I found the water-based markers didn’t smear with the Copic/permanent markers but of course, they did badly with watercolor. I suppose it has to do with using two markers with the same base (chemical/solvent or water) and running others over them and activating that base.

    That’s a non-science non-technical version as best I can figure it out.

  2. That makes sense. I have found if you use copics with markers that might smear, you can dab the marker over the lines and they won’t run. At least the Pitt pens won’t.

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