Painting and drawing with GRIP pencils

Colour pencils can be used for more than simply drawing lines and covering larger areas; each colour pencil offers a plethora of creative designs that need to be unveiled and explored together with your child.


Watersoluble colour pencils increase this range of potential designs by allowing a few additional techniques. In this context, the colours become particularly noticeable when applied on watercolour paper, while rough paper with only little glue will also produce good results.


How to start off

The paper should be affixed to a prepared medium (e.g. cardboard) by means of strips of paper tape to prevent it from buckling and warping. It is dampened with a cloth and attached by means of strips of paper tape. During the drying process, the paper will stretch which prevents it from warping while you are painting. On the other hand, watercolour pads are easier to use, as their pages are glue-bound and form a block which prevents warping. The paper is not removed until after painting.


dampened watercolour paper is affixed by means of strips of paper tape


What can my pencil do for me?

In principle, Grip and watersoluble pencils combine all properties of coloured pencils, apart from one specific feature: the colour pigments of their leads are watersoluble. Their brilliance and colour intensity changes depending on the amount of water, brush strokes and brush size as well as colour application.


Shading without water



Painting on damp paper


Paintbrush used to apply a wash to the coloured area



Ground pencil lead

dust – after application

of a wash


Colour intensity

is subject to colour



Direction of brush strokes produces texture


But beware and be careful! Never ever immerse the pencil in water. 

Both the wooden barrel and the watersoluble lead would suffer damage. However, painting on damp paper is allowed. When heeding this advice your child will enjoy his or her colour pencils over a pretty long period of time. Just go ahead and try out the wonderful world of watercolour effects and startling superimposition techniques.