MY ENEMY ART SUPPLY?! – Giving Watercolor Pencils a Chance


Well. Today’s the day. Am I finally going to see if I can love Watercolor pencils? ✨Oooohh.✨ They’re beautiful. But can I love them? Faber-Castell sent me this 120 pencil Watercolor set- No, that’s not it. No not one, but three layers of watercolor pencils. We’re going to do some tests. I’m going to look up tutorials I’m going to try techniques and I’m going to complete an illustration. But I want to try to like watercolor pencils once and for all. Or not…? I don’t know.
¯_(ツ)_/¯ Let’s find out. I may or may not have dropped all 120 pencils on the ground before I did this and had to reorganize them in order. So they had this little booklet that comes with it and it lists all their names and whatnot. And I thought these names were silly. “Dark flesh”, “Medium flesh” and “Light flesh.” I actually couldn’t find two of those but here they are…
Oh oh opp. I found “Light flesh.” There you go. Actually looks like mine. But I couldn’t find “dark” and “medium flesh.” Silly name for some colors. So it looks like they renamed those to “Coral” and “Salmon.” So if you can’t find “dark” and “medium flesh” it’s because they’re “Coral” and “Salmon” now. Let’s just put those back. Alright, let’s watch the most fun part of any new art supplies. [Music] [Still music. Don’t panic.] So there is our 120 colors swatched. They’re amazing. Sorry to those of you who notice that I skipped the final line when putting water on them. I just got really into putting water on them. It was so relaxing and what can I say? Anyways, we have a huge range of lovely yellows. We have some beautiful reds, blues. They have it all in this set and I love it. I love this set. Let’s just hope I love the pencils. Okay, let’s learn a few techniques and then get to illustrating. But before I jump into using these guys I need to educate myself on how to use them and do a better way to being the sponsor of this video Skillshare. If you want to learn how to bake, paint a lake, or illustrate- Ha! That rhymed. Skillshare has you covered with thousands of classes covering any creative skills and more! It’s incredibly affordable an annual subscription is less than ten dollars a month and because Skillshare is so generously sponsoring my attempts to learn how to art, You can sign up at the link in the description to get a two month free trial. I was thankful to find Kate Amedeo’s classes on watercolor pencils. She goes in-depth covering several techniques blending, applying, and even how to use a pencil sharpener…? Hold up. Okay, now I’m interested. She has a separate class on how to complete an illustration starting from your lights working to your darks and adding highlights. So thanks to Kate I’m feeling a little more educated a little more confident and I’m ready to give watercolor pencils the chance they deserve. So let’s do it. So as someone who doesn’t use a lot of pencils and I actually use a mechanical pencil to draw with, I was really curious about this tip. She said that we aren’t sharpening our pencils wrong. She says don’t put the pencil in and rotate the pencil she says you should put the sharpener on the pencil and then rotate the sharpener like so and apparently that’s the correct way and will make less breakings. All right, let’s test out some techniques. Let’s create a little teacher here to guide us. He’s like “Yeah. just do the thing.” That’s a hat teachers wear, right? Probably..? So the two techniques of blending a gradient watercolor pencil together is 1. You create a block of color. And the other is you manually make a gradient with pencils yourself and then you go through with water and you blend that together. So now we take some water and our brush and we’re just going to blend them. So let’s try our block of color technique and see how that goes. Maybe I like one technique more than the other. I definitely think you get a stronger color putting down color all the way through but I can see maybe how you would want something a little more subtle. There’s also the technique of just putting down a single color wash and having it fade to a darker more pigmented color to a lighter section.
So let’s try that. Again, we have two different techniques. You can fill the whole square with a lighter color and gradually, press down harder and harder to get more pigment and again we can do Just a solid block and then have it to gradually fade away to our white paper. We want to start off light, otherwise you’re going to have a very dark blue coming into our light colors. Obviously you definitely get a smoother gradient when you don’t have watercolor pencils under your gradient throughout. But I can see the appeal here if you’re into texture. I think Kate has some really interesting techniques. One is to put your wet brush directly on the pencil and that way you have pigment. You can also use your colored pencil as if it were a swatch of color. So if you put a color down on like a scrap piece of paper or something, you then bring in your wet brush pick up that color and then you can paint with it. And if you’re feeling particularly brave you can get a cup of water and just dip the very tip of your pencil into the water and then you can get some very dark pigmented direct color. There’s also a few other fun techniques if you take your pencil and you take a wet brush You can actually flick color onto- Oh gosh. Well, I tried to stay within the circle, but wow, look how cool that looks! She said that this would be a really good effect for maybe fields of flowers, but all I can think is “Use red and you can get some blood splatters in there!” You can also go ahead and make your space wet and then take your pencil and draw on top of that and just let the water do its thing and create an unpredictable gradient. And here’s a fun one if you want to do something a little different, Take a wet brush, Color your pigment onto the brush directly, as you can see the brush is soaking up that yellow and then take blue on the other side All right. Let’s see if we can create a gradient. OOOhh. Now that’s a fun effect! So these were a lot of fun, but let’s see if we can’t create a ball. And we’re going- Wow. Can I draw a circle? Maybe not. Our light source over here and we’re just going to create a sort of round gradient to suggest that this is a round ball thing and there’s light on it. Okay. So I also want to add a little bit of purple to aid in our shadow. So it’s not perfect. There’s a lot of texture happening with our sphere there, but I do think that was a really- A good test, I guess, to see how comfortable I am with these watercolor pencils. I think I’m feeling a lot comfortable now that I’ve done some different tests and fun things with these watercolors. So, let’s see how I can really incorporate these art supplies that I’m not used to into a finished illustration. Can I do it? Let’s get into it. So, I decided to sketch with a light blue watercolor pencil knowing that when I added water to the Illustration that light blue was going to mix into the color that I put on top. I wasn’t that worried because I knew that the amount of light blue was really small and If anything it would add a light blueness to the whole illustration. I just knew that I didn’t want there to be a gray pencil marking in the background of whatever I created. And going into this illustration I did think I was going to end up working lineless, although I ended up using the pencils to create the line art. [Music] I ended up working on this illustration in chunks of color. I would put one color down and then go back over that color and add water even though in Kate Skillshare class, She put down all of her colors and then went over it with water to smooth everything out. I don’t know if it just didn’t feel natural to me because I’m used to watercolors or if I just felt like I could get a smoother less fuzzy edged illustration? I have no idea. I’m not experienced with watercolor pencils. So I was just doing whatever felt natural to me and I guess doing each color separately felt easier and more natural. It did work for me and for whatever reason I felt like I was able to get a smoother chunk of each color, if that makes sense, than if I used normal watercolor. And I felt like I could do a lineless style. Though I really love the look of colored pencil line art So I really wanted to embrace that.
It gives it a nice soft colorful look. This is something that I’m always telling myself that I need to do because it just really adds something to your illustrations. Something that a black liner just doesn’t add. I tried using the pencils directly on the paper at the beginning but as time went on and I started to shade I made a swatch of colors off of camera and then picked them up with my brush as- As if they were a paint. I did however use her flicking technique to suggest that her hat was kind of falling apart as she flew through the air. But maybe I just couldn’t get in the habit of using the pencils as pencils. So overall, I enjoyed the process of using watercolor pencils, but I just don’t think I see the appeal to them. The whole time I was creating this piece I felt like it was just an unnecessary step to put down pencil and then go back over it with water. Whereas with watercolor like an actual paint you can just go in with one motion and be done with it. But I do think there is something here. More saturated colors. Different effects. Something I could definitely bring back into my regular illustrations, but maybe not something that I would make into my primary used art supplies. Overall, I do think this flower witch is really cute and I am happy with the result! [Music] Well, I did everything I could to learn how to use watercolor pencils. I gave them a solid try but I just don’t think they’re for me. But don’t be sad! You can still get a two month free trial of Skillshare by following the link in the description. Thank you so much to Skillshare for sponsoring this video. I’ll continue to mess around the watercolor pencils and see if I can’t find a way to enjoy them somehow.. I’ll figure it out one day. For some reason I don’t want to give up on them. Until then, Thank you guys so much for watching. I hope you enjoyed it. Stay golden! Bye. [Music]

100 comments

  • James Atkinson

    These Faber Castell ones seem nice… I use the derwent ones, they’re a little scratchy… I will have to get myself some of these ones instead.

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  • Phinehas Maximus

    Nobody:

    Not a single soul:

    Kasey: BLOOD SPLATTERS

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  • Mitsubishi F-2

    Oh you've got the right sort to learn to love them! Faber Castell is the way to go. Gotta make sure your pencil sharpener is sharp too, that stops it sticking and breaking lead and pulling broken lead out of a pencil.

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  • Kaitlyn Peters

    Watch at double the speed. Thank me later

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  • Sour Eggz

    Try incorporating them in your watercolour paintings and instead of using a black micron – try using a watercolour pencil crayon.

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  • Ellie Hong

    Try drawing realistically for a challenge!

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  • Vernoxis

    Illustation: has a hole

    Kasey: GOING INTO THIS ILLUSTRATION..

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  • Heather Chandler

    I have watercolour pencils but I just use them as regular coloured pencils.

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  • Dolyttle

    6:52 lol Typical Kasey and why we love her so much

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  • Hotea

    Girl how many chances are you going to give to watercolor pencils til you let yourself not like them😂

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  • Carprincess

    As usual, I love your videos!

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  • nyzoomi

    kasey did u know flower witches actually exist??? they’re called green witches!! they use plants, herbs and flowers mainly in their craft and do a lot of their craft outdoors or using outdoorsy things

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  • Kayla

    Your videos literally make me so happy and smile 🙂 I love you Kasey!!❤️

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  • Hari

    Artists: pale skin tone
    Watercolour pencils: LIGHT FLESH

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  • Atarah Bowman

    The skeleton is waving in the background but did u wave back?

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  • jgelanyi

    I have been waiting for this video 🤩

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  • Birch pelt

    I want these….

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  • Vicente isaac Lopez valdez

    If you don't like them you can give them to me, I don't mind.

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  • Total Trash Mammal

    I'm glad you tried them one last time, but actually with quality pencils and tutorials. At this point I think you need to:
    1. Accept they aren't for you (this point goes for the audience as well)
    2. Only use them for adding fine details on top of watercolor pieces. I recently discovered I liked the look of colored pencil on top of alcohol marker, for example. Used it create texture changes and visual interest, not as a medium for the full illustration.

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  • Cai

    Watercolor pencils are the bane of my existence

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  • The crazy Kids

    Yo if u don’t want them I’ll have them

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  • oof lol

    It's unfair cuz youtubers gets free art supplies

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  • aartadventure

    I'm glad to see Faber-castell finally renamed medium and dark flesh – it was pretty racist that they were all pale pinkish colours.

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  • Katzen Lady

    I love the skeleton sitting around in your room 💀♥️

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  • Joyce Porter

    I'm glad you are doing this first before i try them as i have a set i have yet to even open and use that are arteza brand

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  • deputydawgoneit

    I love the hat. Probably my favorite part of the illustration.

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  • mesu-chan

    For your next watercolor pencil illustration, we need the blood back.

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  • Reiko Tetsuya

    Maybe you can use it With watercolors, Just to add some cool texture

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  • Mimo

    I personally use normal watercolors then when it dries I go over the details with watercolor pencils

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  • Caterina Maria Antea Rossi

    Nice tip the sharpener one, will try it😐

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  • Olivia Churchill

    Well if you don’t like them, you can send them to me. Hehehehe

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  • Vega Asteria

    well if you can't love them remember there're quite a number of people who are dying to have'em, like me🤣

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  • Kuchi :3

    Kinda weird to read the german names in a english video
    fLEisCHfArbE
    They probably changed the names, because they sound really off in my language, in my opinion at least.

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  • Maria Terrinha

    Those swatches are my new reason to live🤤
    Pls give me a heart♥️

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  • Naved Hashmi

    I liked the final illustration a lot!!!!

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  • Sci Fi

    was I the only one immediately thinking about Jojo's because of the title? just me? hmmf..

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  • smol

    WAIT OH MY SISRER HAS RHOSE

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  • nathan dean venrose

    watercolour pencils are for more control in my opinion

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  • thunder ERA

    😱😱if you dont like it 😅can i have it😂

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  • Angel Moceri

    can kasey learn to love POSCA’S colored pencils 😳

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  • Angel Walker

    why is nobody talking about the NOSE

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  • Chiara Bach

    what happend to that nose?

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  • Charlie Caturnip

    aaaaaah my dream is to get this box but of the polychromos ones

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  • Kim Boyle

    They might be a great option for travel

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  • Joe Blankenship

    How many watercolor sets come with 120 colors though? For me, my least favorite part of watercolor is mixing colors to get what I need.

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  • Kim van der Linden

    the swatching was so satisfying O_O

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  • Barofsoap 88

    Kasey, you should totally try out the POSCA colored pencils!! I currently do not know the price though.

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  • Kathleen Rivas

    Could you give your set to me instead lol. Albrecht Duhrer pencils are really hella expensive and id be on cloud nine if i can buy it.

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  • Amie Holmes

    Just got skillshare 2 month free trial – pretty dang good deal, thanks Kasey!

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  • Krista Joy

    i often use them on top of copics and actually use a tombow blender to apply them since i usually draw at work and it's not messy. i'll also just make a swatch area on a scrap piece of paper and just pick up the color from there to only use a little bit

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  • Ella Sund

    I saw the skeleton with the ant on it shoulder in the background. And it remembered me of the skeleton in our biologyclassroom. The only differences is that the skeleton in my school is real. THAT IS SICK! WHY DO WE HAVE A HUMAN SKELETON IN OUR CLASSROOM, IDK

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  • sheeppusher

    I only use caran d'ache pencils, can't relate.

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  • Carolina Vendrame

    well kasey in that case I’m applying for custody of these pencils

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  • Draw with Me

    You are the one who give me hope to start my channel, thank u. All i wanted to say (^:

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  • addlass

    I think I like watercolor pencils because I feel like I have more control. I also feel they're easier to use in setting where you can't necessarily set up all you'd need for doing regular watercolors… just grab some of the watercolor pencils and a water brush and an appropriate pad of paper… a quick plein air option.

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  • Yogi Tiger

    I want to send these to Doodle Date so Adam can cringe while Steph swatches. Love the video.

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  • Moebym

    I may or may not have nearly 300 watercolor pencils…Albrecht-Durer, Supracolor II, Derwent Inktense, and even Arteza. What can I say – I'm completely addicted to this medium.

    I've seen some artists use it as a water-soluble undersketch for a proper watercolor painting, as the sketch blends right into the finished work if you choose the right colors.

    Another way of using it that I really like is rubbing the pencil against a textured glass or plexiglass surface and using the pigment kind of like how you'd use a dollop of tube watercolor. Rub two pencils on the palette and blend in the middle, for instance.

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  • pan draws

    I was i school when the video came out so lets say im late xD

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  • Joaco Pérez

    judging by the nose lenght, this might be a new Galar Pokemon

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  • Phantomhive Girl

    6:40
    Kasey Golden: B L O O D S P L A T T E R
    Me: you read my mind

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  • Jaclyn 1004

    love the splattering effect. pls use these as liners! it looks so lovely w ur style

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  • Ling Ling

    I love you so much🥵

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  • Glashata

    Казалось бы причем здесь Украина

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  • Nikki

    I feel like watercolor pencils are more for people who usually use colored pencils to help them bridge over. Not the other way around.

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  • Franco Muscellini

    Maby is me being dumb. But what is that red spike coming from the face of the witch?

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  • luz

    oh my, LOVED THAT HAT

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  • Maysin The Cat Girl

    Wow.

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  • paranoiaprincess

    I'm glad. The colours "flesh" have NEVER made any sense to me. I've always just been like "who's flesh? Everyone's is different…"

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  • Lissie Lamb

    Flesh ain't flesh colored if you're brown 👀

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  • Lissie Lamb

    Watercolor pencils seem like the best for travel to me

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  • Sen Elric

    I feel like you could get to love them while trying a lineless style, please don’t take it in the wrong way, I really love the way you portrait stuff, but maybe is like that time when you got a different style drawing with markers. Different medium, different style. Because I feel like you are still in the mindset for watercolor, so maybe that what’s you need to get in the good side of the watercolor pencils.

    Just giving my thoughts, it was still a cute illustration! I really liked the hat made of leafs and her calm and happy expression ❤️
    Thanks for the video! As always such a good content to watch ʅ(◞‿◟)ʃ

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  • Casen Pervel

    Tbh i think watercolor pencils as an auxiliary supply to your normal water color style would be awesome. Like go in knowing your only going to use them as a finishing tool and not a coloring one then you could use a lot of those cool lining effects without the hassle of working in all the textures you dont want from the coloring.

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  • Abby w

    Kasey: I am not good at watercolor pencils
    Faber castell: haha heres some watercolor pencils

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  • Ooo00ooOF

    "I found light flesh "-"Actually looks like mine"🤣

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  • MaryFaith Mobley

    Hi kasey, you probably wont see me in the sea of comments, but I'd love to see u do a water color with only true primary colors (Magenta Yellow and Cyan) please dont use red yellow and blue cause those arent the primary colors ( assuming u know that hopefully lol XD)

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  • Gray_justGray

    Naw I hate watercolor pencils too

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  • Laura Trompowsky

    I love the dipping the pencil in water technique to make line art! It just makes the colors pop! And for my works I like to use pencils mixed with other mediums more them by themselves, like to add texture to watercolors or colored lineart!

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  • HumbleArts

    I must say I am in love with this piece. Great content as always. 😀

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  • Rachel Bazilian

    I can't wait for my hair to grow out to your length so I can look as cute as u!

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  • Kaleigh Jefferies

    I always found with watercolour pencils that you get a smoother gradient blending dark to light

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  • parvati009

    Why don't you use the watercolor pencils together with your watercolor paints. One example would be with the flicking thing that a lot of artists do. You could put down the bottom layer with the paint, then you could use the flicking technique to get the blood splatter, snow, or even stars in a galaxy. Using it that way, you save on the mess on your hands, with also skipping the step of watering down the paint before doing this and wasting what you don't use.

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  • mochiloki

    At school, we're doing an art piece and they have watercolour pencils and watercolour crayons but no watercolour. I'm assuming it's because of the price?

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  • Water lily

    Sees dozens of watercolor Faber Castell pencils: My inner child never were so jealous.

    edit: this phrasing sounds really wonky to me, is it wrong?

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  • garnz

    the switching must have taken ages having to colour the page 120 times with different colors then getting a brush and wetting it then washing the brush then doing it 120 more times! Your one of my "favouritetist?" Youtubers 💛👍

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  • Roses are Cyan

    i only use the colored pencil part of watercolor pencils…
    i just feel lazy having to deal with water

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  • bandgeek0165

    I think plant witches are called druids 😉

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  • Art by Marcia Furman

    Yes! That’s how I feel too. It’s just unnecessary to use pencils. It’s easier to just go in with paint. Ah well! If it helps someone feel more comfortable with art then that’s great!

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  • YamiGekusu

    I love watercolour pencils!

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  • Eva Alcazar

    I know you said that you don’t like them but I appreciated this video so much! All the tips and techniques were very useful!

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  • Meerah Almazmi

    OMG 1M SUBS CONCRATS ❤️😍👌🏼

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  • TaraBoo Art ARMY

    I have to say, I REALLY love the texture you got on the witch’s hat. The combination of watercolor and pencil really worked. I’d love to see more watercolor pencil pieces from you!

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  • 77FantasyAngel77

    I actually love watercolour pencils

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  • Bat Gãrl

    No one:
    Not a single soul:
    John lennon: ok, but now I dare you to give PEACE a chance

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  • Syeda Fatima

    When you said you were gonna watch tutorials I knew This was sponsored by skillshare

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  • Sen Tariana

    The entire reason I used to love using water colour pencils in school was because I didn't have to use a brush. I used to dip my pencils in water and colour with them directly onto the paper. No brushes involved!
    The first time I watched a video of an artist using water colour pencils with a brush I was really confused and it felt so wrong to me – like you said, using a brush with water colour pencils just seemed like an unnecessary step, especially since, if the pencil isn't applied everywhere the texture is uneven on the page.

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  • monkey paints

    The music you kept playing in this video gave me chest pains? It felt like it was supposed to behappy but it was off.Idk why and I love your videos just had to turn off volume when it played

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  • Sierra Hall

    Can someone explain what’s the red line coming out of the witches head? I’ve rewound the video and looked at it like 30 times and I think I’m going crazy because no one else in the comments seems to be concerned. 😅 My guesses: narwhal horn, Pinocchio nose, acceleration stripe??? Also, on another note, I looooove how the hat came out!

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  • Zetsu Ai

    Take a sip of your drink each time Kasey says flesh. 8D

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  • Angela Shortall

    i love watercolor pencils, im so jealous. And i use my watercolor pencils the sam way/ id like to see you using the water soluble crayons! we starting to get some really nice ones out there now.

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  • marsbit

    (still music, don't panic) thank u kasey i shall not

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