Saturday, March 20, 2010

Watercolor Pencils

Question: As a complete beginner - aged 78 - can you tell me if it is possible to erase watercolour pencil? Thanks! Patricia

Susie's Reply: Welcome to the Wonderful World of Watercolor!! Don't be afraid to jump in with both feet!
For the most part, depending on how dark and how much pressure was used when applying, watercolor pencils are not entirely erasable with a standard eraser. You can moisten the marks and get them to dissolve almost entirely with some gentle agitation provided you are using good quality paper. Marks made with watercolor pencils on damp paper are even more stubborn to remove.
There are some good instruction books on using watercolor pencils that go into much more detail as to what they will do and how to use them. For me personally I love to use them to draw in a light sketch for placement or to add a vein to a flower or a whisker on a critter.
Enjoy your journey!


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