Northern Parula with Watercolor Pencils Step-by-Step

A key to success with watercolor pencils is to apply a base coat of local color (the hue of the object) with dry pencils. Then add water to smooth and blend the colors. Let the page dry, then add shadows and details with dry pencils. The water is applied in the middle of the drawing, not the end. Print out the watercolor pencil worksheet to follow along with the demonstration.

As you work, Pay attention to the “lumps” of feathers. These masses, called feather tracts, have seperate origins on the bird’s skin and have diferent sizes, patterns, textures, and colors. Sculpt these into your drawing.

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