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Trying Watercolor Crayons for the First Time

In this video I tried a medium I have never tried before, and that is watercolor crayons! I purchased a set of 36 colors and am really excited about using them for the childlike and nostalgic feel of crayons. They look kind of chunky so I don't think they will be as great for precision as watercolor colored pencils so I'm just going to try to play and have fun!

Watch me experiment in today's video:

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The creative process is all about experimentation and play. I started by putting down some color on the page to test them out before trying to create anything. I wanted to see how they would blend and what you could do with them. I liked holding them on an angle and was really pleased with the way you could put crayon over already-rendered paint and could blend different colors together. If you are trying out a new medium it is always a good idea to do a little practice page like this.

Next I did try a little landscape, but if you want to see the final result you will need to check out the video. Since I haven't mastered this medium, I thought a very loose landscape would be a good place to start. As my first time trying watercolor crayons, I wasn't too happy with my result. Hopefully this is a reminder that all artists struggle with their own work and don't always get perfect results. But I tried out more techniques and had fun experimenting. Not everything I do is great and goes on instagram, but the process of learning and creating involves a lot of experimentation.

Mine got a little strange, but it was colorful and I had a lot of fun because I didn't know what I was doing! So, my best advice is to play and have fun with these crayons as if you're a kid. Creativity is play and anyone can do it.

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Tisa Kniskern
Tisa Kniskern
Nov 02, 2020

Wow - those look fun, especially fun when the grandkids visit and try them out. I can see using these for trees in landscapes (one of my favorite things to paint). Blending the different greens, or blues and yellows, looks exciting. Also skies would be interesting with the crayons - love to paint clouds, especially stormy clouds.

Thanks for your videos and demos - I'm hooked!


I love your landscape. It is loose, playful, and I love the colors! In northern California, we are praying for clouds like these, hoping for rain. So far, none in the forecast, but maybe if I keep painting cloudy skies, something will happen.

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