This is a fun mixed media technique to try,. I am sure kids would love it as well and I think it is a good exercise to loosen up your painting style as well.
You will need:
- Watercolor paper, 300 lb will work best but 140 lb will work as well if stretched.
- A reference picture
- Watercolor crayons
- Water spray bottle
- a few dry pastels
- a few brushes
Here are the steps you can take to try this mixed media technique:
Start by drawing an outline of your flower, the drawing doesn’t have to be very precise.
Then start coloring the different areas of your painting with the watercolor crayons. You can mix several colors in some areas to mix any color you want.
When all the painting has been colored, it is time to spray the paper with water.
Once the paper has dried, this will give you a “ghost image” with interesting textures and colors.
Next, start redefining this “ghost image” with pastels, adding white highlights and more colors.
It is also possible to add more layers or watercolor, here some shades and the green in the background
The finished painting: Watercolor and pastels on paper
Have you tried mixing pastels and watercolors? What is your favorite way of adding pastels to your watercolors?