Watercolour rabbit

Experiment with Faber-Castell’s highly pigmented and versatile Albrecht Dürer Artists' Watercolour Pencils. Each pencil can be blended with water to form an unlimited number of hues, so the fun never had to end! You can even create your own paint palette directly onto paper.

Have a play, and discover the different textures and effects that can be added to your painting. Being able to work directly onto your artwork with the pencils allows for strong,  fine details. It also enables the artist to build layers of colour that can be either left or blended if wanted. The Faber-Castell Water Brush is a fabulous tool that has a water tank capacity of 6ml, which makes working with watercolour pencils that much easier. What are you waiting for? Draw, paint and brush your way to ultimate pastel perfection!

1 Using a pencil, sketch a faint outline of your rabbit. To create a colour palette to work from, grab some scrap paper and draw heavy, concentrated circles using the watercolour pencils. We recommend greys, browns and yellows. You will also need some pastels to  finish.

2 Heavily wet the palette you have created for yourself with Faber-Castell’s nifty watercolour brush. Mix between circles to create new tones and colours. Pick up your selected colour with the water brush and brush it across your entire drawing, add water as you go. Begin to drop in darker tones, letting them bleed and mingle.

3 Once dry, add details such as the rabbits eyes, whiskers, and darker sections of fur. Draw these directly onto the painting using the pencils, making sure the pencil leads are sharp for extra fine detail. To blend, gently wet the details with the water brush.

4 To add a touch of spring, load up your water brush with lots of water grabbing colour from your palette and splash the tinted liquid around the rabbit. Delicately brush some of the colours onto sections of the bunny’s fur.

Project and how-to instructions by Amelia Durie.

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