Bonnie is going to show you how she used the new Kelly Creates Watercolor Paradise Pencils and Kelly Creates Water Brush to color and paint a flag! Show your patriotism by painting your country’s flag and add some lettering too from your national anthem.

Using watercolor pencils and a water brush

Kelly Creates Supplies: Watercolor Paper pad, Watercolor Paradise Pencils, Water Brush, Deluxe Lettering Kit, Black Fineliner 01

With Canada Day here, I decided to paint our national flag.  I started with a simple hand sketched maple leaf and the words ‘Oh, Canada’ using the Kelly Creates Drawing Pencil and ruler from the Deluxe Lettering kit.

Using watercolor pencils and a water brush

I wanted to create a looser design for this piece and a ‘sketched’ appearance.

Using watercolor pencils and a water brush

Once I had the basic outline, I used the 01 Kelly Creates Black Fineliner to trace over the pencil lines with two strokes slightly over lapping. The double line gives you freedom from having perfect lines.

Using watercolor pencils and a water brush

For the lettering, I did the first outline then a wider one on the downstroke side and repeated those for each letter with double lines. Again I was trying for a bit of a relaxed block letter style.

Using watercolor pencils and a water brush

After erasing the pencil lines, I came in with the Kelly Creates ‘Coral’ Watercolor Paradise Pencil. These are water soluble coloring pencils that blend beautifully with water to create watercolor paint on watercolor paper. There are 12 colours: 

Kelly Creates Watercolor Paradise Pencils

I coloured the contour of the leaf, the tops of the letters and the outer edges of the vertical lines on the flag. The Kelly Creates Paradise Pencils give you a lot of control over where exactly you are applying colour.

Using watercolor pencils and a water brush

Using watercolor pencils and a water brush

Using the Kelly Creates Water Brush filled with clear water, I wet the Coral pencil colour and started to blend into a gradient. For the lettering, I blended downwards to create an ombre from dark on top to light on the bottom. The Kelly Creates Water Brush has an extra fine tip that is wonderful for painting details. 

Using watercolor pencils and a water brush  Using watercolor pencils and a water brush

Once it is dry, you can come back and add more pencil colouring if you’d like a darker shade, but be careful not to overwork the area as this may cause the paper to start to pill. NOTE: Do not use these pencils on wet paper.

For some variation, you can add some splatters to the overall piece. Try this on a piece of scrap first, so you can experiment and see how much colour or water is needed.

You will need to scribble some colour down on the Kelly Creates palette, piece of plastic or glass works. To do this, simply colour a small area.

Using watercolor pencils and a water brush

Add water to the colour by squeezing your water brush so that drops land onto your colour. Swish and mix the colour and water, and then load your water brush with this paint. Now using your opposite hand, stretch out your index finger and tap the brush across that finger, allowing the paint to splatter droplets onto the page.

Using watercolor pencils and a water brush

Allow to dry and add more splatter if desired. I also painted light drop shadow lines on the letters to give them more dimension.

Using watercolor pencils and a water brush

I’ve designed this PDF for you to download, print and practice if you would like to paint the Canadian flag like mine. You can also use it to transfer the same image onto your watercolor paper.

Click HERE to download or click the image below.Using watercolor pencils and a water brush

My suggestion is to print the PDF and then trace it onto your watercolour paper so that you can then outline using the fineliners as they are waterproof. Chances are if you print directly onto your paper, the printer ink will smear once you add water.

Have fun with your flags! Share with us online using the hashtag #kellycreates or in our Facebook group Kelly Creates Art & Calligraphy. 

For more inspirational art and lettering, follow Bonnie on Instagram @diamondandwillow and Facebook “Diamond and Willow Artworks.”

Watch this video demo of all the Kelly Creates Paradise Watercolor Pencils:

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Kelly Creates Black FinelinersKelly Creates Deluxe Lettering kit


Using watercolor pencils and a water brush

1 Comment on How to Use Watercolor Pencils

  1. Marisela Delgado
    July 24, 2020 at 9:28 pm (3 years ago)

    Hola, Kelly! Thanks for your help with watercolor pencils. Super cute pictures of Finn. He is so cute! I think I need to visit Canada because your photos are so beautiful. ? I am in San Antonio and it is bad here right now so I understand how you feel. We need to remember that the Lord is BIGGER than anything that we may face. He is faithful, Kelly. He gave you such a wonderful talent that brings joy, hope, and inspiration to a hurting world. Never forget that you are loved by those who you inspire! ???


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