When you make your sketches or drawings, you don't have to wet and blend every line. Leave some marks as they were when first drawn. Start with a soft outline and the first layer of shading using the light wash pencil. Wet your lines and blend where needed. Remember to leave any areas that you want to show as white paper for highlights. Let this layer dry completely. Now go over your work again with the medium wash pencil to add more contrast. Let this layer dry. Now use your dark wash pencil to punch in some strong contrasts where needed. Look at the image on the left. This shows you a very simple little sketch using all three pencils. Some lines have been blended with water and some have not. Always lay down less graphite than you think you need, you can easily add more. Using various shading patterns in our drawings can prove problematic. When using watersoluble pencils, it is not easy using these shading patterns on areas where you intend to add water. The water will just make all the lines run together. Therefore, the main method of shading with this medium is one of blending light to dark and dark to light. Once again, because we are only using one colour, tonal values are paramount. If you want to add some additional textures and details to your picture, this can be done at the final stage using the pencils in their dry form.