Mixed Media Drawing

Combine the advantages of each medium and produce a unique result
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Mixing different media in a drawing allows you to combine the advantages of each medium and produce a unique result. Graphite pencils, watercolour pencils, gouache and markers blend easily, as long as you apply them in a logical order.

  • Sheet of paper for mixed media or watercolour
  • Graphite pencils
  • Watercolour pencils
  • Gouache
  • Brush tip markers
  • Fine point markers
  • Paintbrush
  • Palette
  • Container of water




1. Graphite Pencils

Graphite pencils are ideal for sketching. For lighter marks, use a pencil with a harder lead (e.g. HB, H, 2H). Graphite pencil marks erase easily with a white eraser so you can modify your sketch as you go.

2. Watercolour Pencils

Watercolour pencils can then be used to gently colour in your sketch. To fill in a large surface or to colour in an extensive area of your drawing, rub the side of the pencil lead across the paper. Then, paint water over your drawing to make the pencil texture more uniform and produce a more washed out effect. Let the paper dry completely before applying more pencil. Use a well-sharpened pencil tip to draw details, combining watercolour layers with dry pencil strokes.

3. Gouache

Gouache is a water-based paint that blends well with watercolour. It is more opaque and less subtle than watercolour paint. It highlights the brightness of the watercolour if you hide certain parts of the drawing and leave other parts in watercolour.  Since gouache is applied with a brush, you can use spontaneous brush marks to create denser textures.

4. Markers

The markers contain transparent ink. They can therefore be used to create a tone-on-tone effect in areas painted with gouache once they are dry. The brush tip creates fluid lines, but unlike watercolour and gouache, the lines are clearly defined. Brush tip markers should therefore be used for detailing.

5. Fine Point Markers

Black fine point markers are ideal for adding finishing touches to a mixed media drawing. They highlight details and bring the different media together. Trace the contours of the elements of interest in the drawing and the elements in the foreground, leaving some washed out areas to create depth and perspective.