How to Paint with Watercolor Pencils – Painting Ideas for Beginners | Art Journal Thursday Ep. 40


– Hey guys, have you
ever wondered how to paint with watercolor pencils to create a nice and smooth painting? Because in this video
I’m going to show you a super easy technique that
will definitely help you. (soft music) By the way, make sure to click on the bell and to comment below #makeoficationsquad in the first 24 hours for
a chance to get a shout out and to win arts and crafts
supplies in my ongoing giveaway. And now let’s jump into the tutorial. For these paintings I’m going to use my new watercolor
pencil set by Faber-Castell, but you can use any other set you have. Let’s start with preparing
the colors we need first. For the most part, I’m going to use different shades of blue, a pinkish-red, green, and brown colored
watercolor pencils. And the way things works best if you want to create a smooth watercolor
effect using these pencils is by creating a palette first. You just need a piece of thick paper where you can create
small circles or squares using the colors you
selected to create a palette similar to a watercolor palette. I would recommend to use thick paper or really heavy watercolor paper for that because it has to kind of
survive the whole process. But I will definitely look into other ways how to create something similar. For my actual paintings, I’m going to use my watercolor book again that I’m dividing into three
sections using washi tape. This way we can experiment and practice on different paintings at the same time. The first painting we are going to work on is this beach scenery
with a focus on the sky and the clouds so we can practice
the watercolor smoothness. Now with our palette,
the steps are similar to as you would paint it with watercolors. Take your wet brush and
load it up with pigments by activating the paint on the palette the same way as you would
do with your watercolors. And then go ahead and apply to your paper. Here I’m going to start
with a light blue color that I applied to the
top area of the paper. This is going to be the blue sky. And from here I apply the other colors to create areas where we are
going to add the clouds later. I mixed in a little bit of the pinkish-red and a little bit of brown to some areas just to create more warmth and to make the clouds look
similar to cotton candy. I find that watercolor
pencils dry a lot quicker than watercolors, so I would recommend to paint really quickly to make sure that the surface and the paint are wet while you’re painting. This way the colors can
blend nicely into each other. And while the paint is still wet, grab a tissue paper, crumble it up, and carefully dab it over
a few areas on the paper to soak up some of the paint. This way you create really soft clouds. This technique works so great
with watercolor pencils. I was really surprised. Since watercolor pencils
dry a lot lighter, you have to really build up the intensity. Since I felt like the sky
could be more saturated, I decided to go over the area again to add more paint on top. For this step I reactivated more paint and applied it to the same areas to intensify them even more. As you can see, I just applied
the wet paint really quickly and made it blend into each other and the clouds looked already
so soft and like cotton candy. It’s so cool, isn’t it? And from here I repeated the same steps with the clouds again. I used my tissue paper
and soaked up the paint in some areas to create white clouds. Don’t overdo it though
as you will still want to see some blue and pink areas. While the sky is drying, we can move on to the
beach and the ocean scenery to practice more techniques. Here I’m using a brown
colored watercolor pencil the same way and applied it to the paper starting from the bottom. This is going to be the
sand part of the painting. And to create the foam of the ocean I simply created small
dots and oval shapes using the same shade of color and connected some of them together to make it look more realistic. Here we are basically
painting the foam backwards. Instead of painting the water, we are creating the holes that are visible in between the water. I would also recommend
to connect some areas with the beach part so
everything kind of blends into each other seamlessly
to make it look more natural. While this part is drying,
we can create the ocean. Here I’m going to use a light green with a light blue color
to mix a really nice greenish-blue to make
it look more ocean-like. Begin by applying the paint
starting from the horizon while blending out the paint
while you’re moving downwards. And from here build up the intensity. The ocean should be
darker around the horizon and get lighter and
lighter the closer you get to the beach area as the
water gets more translucent. Here you can also use a tissue paper and dab it over the wet
paint using its edge to soak up some paint to
create a few small wide waves. And from here I intensify
the water a little bit more while avoiding the waves we just created. If you want, you can also
use watercolor pencils and directly draw
something onto the paper. For now, I just sketched
out some trees and hills in the background using a
green colored watercolor pencil that I will work on more later. While this painting is drying, let’s practice some more ways how you can create the
sky, clouds, and water. Now for the second painting I’m going to use a blue watercolor pencil again to activate its pigments. Load up your brush with
the blue colored paint and quickly apply all over
the top area of the paper. A felt like watercolor
pencils still don’t blend that amazingly like watercolors, but it’s still possible to make it work. Now once the top part is covered in paint it should slowing start drying by now. So to create fluffy clouds here we are going to use the cauliflower effect that you usually want to avoid. You basically want to load up
your brush with a lot of water and then apply the water
right below the paint that has already started to dry while moving it around to
create the shape of clouds. What happens is that the
water will automatically run into the dry area creating
a cauliflower effect that we will use for the soft, cotton-like surface of a cloud. So the water here acts
like white paint basically. Blend out the edges a little bit and move the water around to create several puffy
areas of the cloud. This might take some practice, but as soon as you’ve figured
out the general idea behind it you can create so many different
things using this method. To remove any excess blue
paint in the cloud area you can simply use some tissue
paper and soak up the rest. And from here we can add more depth to the clouds by creating shadows. Begin by loading up your wet brush with a little bit of brown colored paint that actually looks more like yellow, and carefully apply to a
few areas on the clouds. Here I focus on the left areas because I wanted the sun
to shine from the right. Imagine where the shadows of the clouds will be and apply the paint. But don’t think too much, just
let the paint do its magic. Next you want to load up your brush with a pinkish-red color and apply the paint right
below the brown colored parts that you just added to create
a darker shade for the shadow. Make sure to keep enough
white and yellow parts to make the cloud look
more three-dimensional. To create the smooth
and well-blended surface it’s important that the
paint is evenly wet. So don’t forget that
you have to work quickly or the paint will dry. Now since the sky has already dried I decided I will go ahead
and intensify the color again because it looked too pale. For this step, I created
a fresh new blue area on the palette and
reactivated the pigments to evenly apply it on top
of the already dry sky. Make sure you cover everything properly or you will get a cauliflower effect that we don’t want here. Use just enough water to be
able to blend it out nicely. And once you reach the area of the clouds, just blend it in with the now damp brush to carefully connect these two areas. If the brush is too wet you
will ruin the smoothness. Lastly, add a little bit
of the brown and pink color to the area right below the clouds to create the first layer of paint so we can create the
reflection on the water later. While the second painting is drying, let’s work on the third example. Here we will combine
all the techniques used in the previous paintings and we will also
incorporate another method. Begin by preparing a palette
with a dark blue color as here we are going to make the sky a little bit more darker. Next, apply the paint the same way to the top area of the paper while creating this triangle shape that is looking downwards. Here we will add mountains
and other details later. And while the paint is still wet, go ahead and soak up some paint with a tissue paper to
create a few clouds. Since this blue stained
the paper a little bit more compared to the light blue color, the result looks a little bit different but I really like it. Now to create the details
right below the sky I will just use the pencils the way you would normally use them. I created a path that
connected with the middle part of the horizon using a brown color pencil while drawing it directly on the paper. From here I did the same
with the grass, bushes, and other plants next to the road. I moved the pencil in a circular motion to create mountain shapes. They help not only to
blend the colors together and look better but they will create a nice shape and texture once we use a little bit of water. Next load up your brush with water and carefully blend the areas together. We don’t want to blend everything into a smooth layer of paint because we still want
to keep some dark areas with a color pencil like we
didn’t complete with water. Another fun technique you can use is using a wet watercolor pencil. You can either use the
pencil right in the wet paint or dip it into some water
to activate the pigments and use it just like that. This way you can apply the pigments right on top of the paper
while creating details and a really nice grainy texture. For the road itself, I
used the same blue color that I used for the
sky but made it lighter by mixing in more water and applied it to the paper while leaving out a thin line in between to create
two sides of the street. All right, let everything dry for now and we can go back to add more details to our other paintings. Now we can create a few water reflections below the clouds in the second painting. For this step I’m going to
use the pinkish-red color again that I mixed with the
light blue color together and applied it right below the clouds to create the horizon in the painting. But be sure to leave out some areas to create light reflections on the water. From here you can add
a few thin random lines across the lower part of the paper to create shadows of the water. Here you barely need many pigments as we want to keep everything
really dreamy and soft. If you want, you can
also add a cute island with a tree inside the ocean. If you seen my livestream the other day I planned on painting
this scenery for a while, but really struggled to make
it look good using watercolors. But I really liked how it turned out when I used watercolor pencils. The pigments were a little bit different but it was still a lot easier to control. Now let’s remove the tape and see what else we can add or change. Here I basically went from
one painting to another and intensify some areas the same way as I created the first layer of paint. Whenever I discover
something new I could change. I added my blue paint on top of the oceans and more yellowish and
pinkish colors to the clouds to really make the shape of
the clouds come up better. I feel like when you paint
multiple things at once you always have time where you don’t work on a certain piece because it’s drying. So in this time you basically take a break because you don’t constantly
have to look at it. So by the time you get
back to your other painting you get the new and fresh perspective. I feel like if I work on one art piece for too long I get lost. I don’t really see what is wrong with it or what I should change because you’re basically staring at it for so long that you can’t really see anything. So you always have to
take a break in between. But if you have multiple art projects you can work on at the same time you are basically taking a break throughout the process
without actually stopping. So maybe you can try it out and
see if it helps you as well. And because I really like
the dreamy atmosphere in these paintings, I
decided to add a few stars to the sky because why not? And also more water reflections
by using my white ink pen. If you want, you can also use this pen to add more reflections
to other areas as well. I also added a few more details
to the island and the tree by dipping the pencil into some water to apply the pigments
directly to the paper. This way I could create a
few saturated dots of colors to make them look like
flowers, apples, and shadows. Another cool way to
add texture and variety to the painting is by using the pencil to carefully brush on
some pigments on top. Since I’m using a cold
press watercolor paper it has a really nice texture so when I carefully went over a few areas with my watercolor pencil I could use the texture of the paper to put a nice pattern on the paper. But this is optional. I just really like to experiment and see how certain techniques
look when you combine them. I also use this method on the clouds to create a few dark areas
and to make them look softer. I think the most important
part is to really just have fun without worrying that you will mess it up. Whenever I think I completely
ruined my art piece I feel like a huge weight
is being lifted off my mind because before that I had this feeling of making it look super
amazing and perfect. But once you think, oh
well, it’s ruined anyway, I might as well just mess
around with it even more, it gives you so much more
freedom to experiment that you feel you have
even more fun painting. And since you don’t worry
about making it perfect anymore because you kinda gave up on that, you can use the time to
really freely experiment and sometimes this way you
can actually make the painting work again that looks
even better in the end. And if not, that’s great too, because you still give
yourself the opportunity to freely play around
with your art supplies without worrying and stressing out. I also really wanted to figure out if I could make the
white color pencil work, so I dipped it into some water and tried to apply the
pigments to the clouds the same way as I did earlier. And it actually kinda worked
as some parts got whiter and I could add a few
smaller clouds around it. And in the end I use a
color watercolor pencil to add more shadows and details and then the paintings were done. And this is the final result. I’m super happy with
the way it turned out. Comments and give the video a
like if you want to see more techniques and ideas on watercolor pencils because I feel like
there are so many videos on YouTube about that and you seem to be really interested in them. So let me know. And now it’s time to announce the winners. And the winners of the April giveaway are Keyli, Katelyn, and Sana. Congratulations! I really hope you enjoyed this
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100 comments

  • makoccino

    Hey everyone! Sorry for the delayed upload, but life happened and I had to take some time off to deal with things! I really hope you enjoy this video because sooo many of you guys requested videos about watercolor pencils! Let me know if you want to see more videos like that and what you struggle with when it comes to using watercolor pencils! <3

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  • Casey Jones

    thanks so much

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  • Judy B

    These are so beautiful! Where can I purchase the tape that you use to divide the paintings?

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  • QuartzZ

    #MakoficationSquad thanks again!!!! All your videos are so helpful and fun to watch! You are such an artistic person it's makes me feel artistic as well! I have always wondered how to used these pencils but all the other videos are so not helpful! Thanks ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Thanks Mako!

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  • Tejasvini arul

    I LOVED THIS TECHNIQUE!!!! IT REALLY CAME OUT VERY WELL

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  • Tejasvini arul

    Could you please put some more videos on watercolour pencil?

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  • Mr Fran

    I'll try to use them in the right way this time thanks for the tips 🙂

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  • Sushma Deshmukh

    Nice mam

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  • Mad Dancer

    So cuteee 🙁

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  • twesha nani

    Why is her voice so kute (≧∀≦)ゞ

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  • Fajar Anugrah

    thick paper is what? im from indonesia

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  • minakshi jadhav

    Boring drawings

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  • Moazcraft

    I was using it by different ways but this way is perfect thanks for helping 😀😊

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  • Roro Zahra Nabila Haq

    Thank you so much!!!😍

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  • Twinkie Production

    This video really helped me with my watercolor pencils thx💖💖💖

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  • lemon factory

    This really helped me, thank you! I subbed right away 👍 #makoficationsquad

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  • Christine Dahlberg

    Hi there! I am addicted to coloring in adult coloring books, I love fantasy/fairy books. My current favorite artist is Selina Fenech. I am wondering if you, or anyone reading this comment, happens to know if these coloring books can handle watercolor? I don't know if the paper will buckle, or bleed through, etc..

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  • potato Mamo

    This is a watercolour PENCIL tutorial… right?

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  • Hồng Lê

    I really love your art :))(

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  • Iremi X

    Ugh its hardd! I keep messing up with colored pencils, regular watercolors and Tempera. And Now im failing at this too-

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  • cwg

    as a beginner, i don't have a lot of great tools yet. but i did buy myself a pack of quality watercolor pencils because an advertisement of them looked so amazing. and then i used them twice and gave up. i am SOOOOO happy to see this example of how i can basically use them now in place of the better paint i have not yet talked myself into buying. thanks again!!!

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  • choo chhi

    You can draw a picture of the rain

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  • febio oditta

    This is so cool. Your picture are really beautiful. How do you get the inspirations tho?

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  • Luckarian

    Three ads for this >.<

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  • Sarulya Art

    Super work

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  • Gabriella Nobles

    only one who didn't know watercolor pencils were an actual thing

    ahem…

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  • Anita Devi

    Woooow

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  • krishna das

    Wow

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  • xX potatoe_chan Xx

    We have the same water color pencilllllsss🤣🤣🤣❤️❤️❤️

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  • Lely Mahfida

    Great idea!!! Thankyouu

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  • Connie W.H.

    Just. Wow.

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  • Xia Roxanne

    beautiful!

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  • InSearchOfSunrise 21

    What kind of paper do u use for the palette

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  • Naya marveuloki

    you're so genius!! thanks

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  • Everyday Theatre

    Oh my god
    This is amazing
    I used this technique (different painting though) and won an art competition
    You are half of the reason
    I love you
    I liked and subbed
    I’m in shock
    I will never use another technique again
    i love you
    yes
    (Also I have a set of Faber-Castell I love them)

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  • Searching for silver777

    Very nice. Thank you for sharing you knowledge. I am a beginner but have learned alot by watching your videos as well as other artists videos. Thanks again. Keep up the great work.

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  • Lesven Silveira

    New Kahit Man Lang Sa Pangarap with 48 Watercolor Pencils for Designers vs The Amazing Race 31 conclude arrives. By Lesven Silveira

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  • Tenshi Chan

    Ohhh so this is how you use watercolor pencils xD nice vid •^•
    I subbed
    I clicked the bell
    I smashed the like button

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  • RAISA AKTHER

    I wasted half my day with this wrecked my amazing friend 𝓕𝓪𝓲𝔃𝓪’s room then figured I was talentless I am Raisa

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  • Ngọc 8816

    Wowe

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  • x tonib x

    I just got mine and the only time I've used them, I ruined a sunflower painting by applying too much pressure onto the center area and creating very visible streaks that wouldn't dissolve into the water.

    I like this technique a lot better. Thank you 🙂

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  • dare devil

    Wow thank you very much for letting me know how to make water colours😂😂

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  • Như Trần

    Really love your voice

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  • Lesven Silveira

    Oh, Whenever I discover something you realize I could never change.
    I'm started a new life is almost central has been finished the race!

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  • Christié Seaman

    I really enjoyed your techniques and the results of your art! Great work! #makoficationsquad

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  • Anastasia Bless

    That's so beautiful

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  • Zuza Mal

    Mine turned out like garbage 😂😅😅

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  • pinkchampagne

    normal watercolors or watercolor pencils?

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  • Shayleigh Pappas

    Stunning

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  • Jen 33

    I’ve been using watercolor pencils like colored pencils. Mako’s tutorial really opens my eyes to possible techniques using watercolor pencils. I am going to buy a watercolor sketch book to practice Mako’s techniques.

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  • Garret Jensen

    #makoficationsquad

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  • Azuna_SH

    I really love your endresults and I like or happy to be part of #makoficationsquad!!!! <3

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  • Tara Sanders

    This is so awesome thank you!!

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  • Zainab Art

    I'm super happy with it too💜💜
    make another givaway💙✌

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  • Josie Widjaja Kozloff

    I tried this technique with my watercolor pencils but they turned out really fade on the paper..is this just the quality of the pencils themselves?

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  • Jennifer McKenna

    #makonotificationsquad

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  • OMGness

    Wow! I never knew you could use watercolor pencils as a palette! Thanks for uploading this video!

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  • Black Angel

    best art Chanel ever , you explain very clearly with easy steps , and this what beginners need . thank you so much .

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  • jalal uddin

    THANKS YOU FOR THE VIDEO

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  • Louise Cogan

    I like how you just have fun with the paintings. I did not know you could use water color pencils the way the video showed. Thanks for the tips.

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  • Aneeza Mae Caguete

    Im your new fan

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  • Art sister's

    How to draw in my channel 🖤
    Subscribe ❤️❤️

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  • jonko

    You when l 6 years old l used do this

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  • Tiết tháo của A Tiện

    Tôi lại lạc đường vào đây r

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  • It's _Alright

    THANK U SO MUCH I FINALLY KNOW HOW TO USE IT BETTER.

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  • Annick Daniëls

    This video helped me sooo much!!!!💞

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  • Wilmer Blanco

    I love how you explain how we can paint with watercolor, it is very helpful for me and for everyone, I send you a big thanks for your video, greetings from Uruguay. ♥️

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  • Jennifer

    What is the white pen you are using? Sorry if you cover that in another video I am new to your tutorials. This was beautiful and really helpful, by the way!

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  • Lucario 2006

    Omg this is so cool! 😀

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  • Cheryl Aw

    I really love how you fully explored and experimented with various techniques for using water colour pencils! And your advice on letting go and having fun is really wise. I used that to overcome my frustration in pottery class (I couldn't centre my clay!)

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  • Pamela Atacan

    Oh my these are great. I have color pencils and this so expands my ideas💡💡. I so loved how you added to each on the end. 👏👏👏

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  • mocchi zou

    What kind of paper do you use?

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  • Kian Mar Bonzon

    I really love the endresult and I'm happy to be part of the #makoficationsquad!! <3

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  • Kian Mar Bonzon

    I love your speaking voice while you are teaching about watercolor and you're so gentle #makoficationsquad

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  • willie cheng

    Please help, what is the best 3 brands you can recommend. Thank you

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  • Zey

    So its pigment in a pencil. I feel like thats just too much sneikdkeflfkf

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  • angeline prahash

    So beautiful! I m soooo impressed! Had a box of water color pencils for years but never knows how to use it. So pleased to find this video! 💕💕

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  • 나나 문라이트 Nana Moonlight

    Hey just wanna ask what kind of paper you used. Cause i also used fabee castell watercolour pencil but it doesn't work like yours when i tried the same thing- so i thought maybe the problem is the sketchpad i used. Tho i tried using diff papers but still the same.

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  • Cindy Remski

    I love this idea! Beautiful paintings🙂. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Ryan Zaman

    You're missing the salt effects

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  • CaliforniaRoll

    this is the same way i use them! thought i was the only one!

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  • Moo nie

    bob ross girl version???

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  • Ayesha Kaseri

    Very good n nice

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  • Sofia Gonzalez Fernandez

    Is it just me or does she sound like wengie

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  • Eren Chavez

    you make it look so easy. hahahaha this is such a helpful video. I have been wanting to try watercolor pencils. 🙂 thank you so much for creating this video. im a new subscriber now

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  • Mary Charisse Lizaso

    Love your art❤️☺️

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  • TheCaptainRudy

    Steadtler vs Faber Castell?

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  • Suffy C

    do u just use any paintbrush its not working for me

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  • shahad saad

    You made me love arts! 🥰 ty this was so much helpful

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  • Comni

    What brushes do you use? I’m trying to figure out what thickness to use and thank you for creating this tutorial

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  • C C

    Wow. Thank you for sharing your tips

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  • El Psy Congroo

    That's not how you are supposed to use watercolor pencils. What's the point in buying pencils when you use them like normal water colors

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  • Maces_Beauties

    I did not know this I’ve been doing it wrong. Omg

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  • zeki

    Medipol endüstri

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  • Krystel Ann Gonzales

    🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌

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  • Arush Mangal

    You are my inspiration, your videos taught me to love painting and made me confident with using water colours!!

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  • Rozi Sheikh

    Good👍

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  • Tash Coates

    This is amazing! I love it! I’ve had watercolour pencils for two years but have never known how to use them well. Thank you!

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  • I hate myself

    I subscribe uwu

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  • shermaine sheldee

    I’m also using Faber-Castell wat a coincidence

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