Watercolour Girl

Using only a watersoluble graphite pencil and watercolours, this little girl came to life.
Inspired by watching Mindy Lacefield’s class, “My Watercolor Journal“.



  • Stabilo watersoluble graphite pencil
  • Prima Marketing watercolour sets: Pastel Dreams and Decadent Pies
  • jar of clean water
  • watercolour brush (I’m using the brush that came with my set of Caran d’Ache gouache cake paints)


I started by loosely sketching my girl with my graphite pencil, and smudging my lines with water to create natural shadows and make them melt.

I started adding my watercolour paints to create stronger shadows, and built up my colours by letting it dry a bit and blotting before adding my next colour. Any patches I found too dark or too vibrant, I blotted to correct.

I coloured in the hair using 3 different colours, staying in the ochre/brown scheme. I started with my medium colour, applying quite loosely, then use my darker colour where the hair would have more shadows. I built up my hair colour by adding my lighter colour to add some very subtle highlights. I finished by making some random marks with my pencil to give some movement and texture to the hair.

Quick and easy…

To read  my blog post on more watercolour girls, click here.