IF Kids Project :: Watercolor Pencils & a Cookie Cutter

Have you ever worked with watercolor pencils?  They combine the ease of drawing with a pencil combined with the fun of working with a brush.   Here is a simple experiment to get you started.

You will need:
watercolor pencils
watercolor paper
cookie cutter in a simple shape
watercolor brush with a round tip
water jar

Let’s create!

1.   Trace around your cookie cutter with a watercolor pencil. 

2.   Paint over your lines.  Dip your paintbrush into the water and trace over your lines.  See the line begin to dissolve into paint!  As you work, you can pull the color into the shape or outward.

3.   Allow your tracings to overlap each other.  By overlapping your shapes, you will be able to see colors blend as well as create depth within your work.  If your get too much water on your paper, blot up the excess with a paper towel. Allow your work to dry before moving it.

Let us see the art you’ve made using this technique! Post your photos on the IF Kids Facebook page .

Thomas James

Thomas James

Thomas James is an Illustrator who has worked with The New York Times, WIRED, Pentagram, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. You can see his portfolio at
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Posted by Thomas James on 12/04/12 under artists
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