With so many drawing materials available, it’s hard to know which ones to choose to explore with your students! Watercolour pencils are no longer the only drawing material that can be used both dry and wet. Experimenting with water-soluble drawing materials will engage students of all levels as they explore the possibilities created through the simple addition of water!
It will be obvious by the names and packaging of most products, whether they are water-soluble or not. They also might be referred to as an “aquarelle” (a watercolour) or there may be a paint brush symbol on the barrel of the material. However, it’s best to experiment with all materials to discover and test their possibilities!
Water can be applied to surfaces through a range of techniques. Brushes and sponges are the most basic tools, whilst Aqua Brushes and Misters are handy to have when using water-soluble materials.
Paper should also be selected based on your desired outcome. Mineral Paper is a paper made from stone and does not absorb pigments. They will need to evaporate, leaving bold washes of colour. Watercolour Paper and Cartridge Paper are also suitable drawing and washing surfaces.
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