Friday, 4 March 2016

Experiments With Pens

We've had a couple of lovely sunny days and my first daisy is tentatively peeping from her winter slumber.
The light's lovely in the morning, perfect for drawing and painting. After admiring the results other people have made with gouache paint, I bought some for myself.

I had a little play but I still find them very difficult to use, the brushes I was using made the marks clumsy and when I tried a finer one, the paint was too thick. They say don't blame your tools so maybe I'm just not suited to them! Anyway I'll try again another day, I don't want to give up on them just yet.

 This one was done with acrylic paint and the details were drawn with my Sakura pens.

Again, the one below is mainly acrylic with the line detail drawn with Sakura pens.

Have you ever tried using ordinary fineliner pens on paper and adding water?

 Because they're not waterproof, when they get wet they bleed and make a lovely watercoloury effect as you can see here.

You see how the pen marks take on a whole different effect when they come into contact with water?

I made a one minute video of me making the drawing above, showing how the water makes the pen line change into a coloured wash. I hope you enjoy it.

Bye for now,
Jess xx


Giggles said...

Great pieces...I love your second and third attempt...yummy mix of colours!! Really beautiful! Thanks for the great little video too...will try some water with my pens...good idea!

Hugs Giggles

Alexandra said...

Fun little video. Never thought to use the pens with water. Pretty cool. I've purchased some watercolor gouache paints and have yet to try them. I SO have to get one with it. :) Darling artwork as always. xx

denthe said...

I do like what you did with the gouache! Love how matte the colours are. Your girls are gorgeous, and that's a very interesting technique to wet the fineliners. Have to try it out. thanks for the video!

Martina said...

Those pages are so dreamy Jess, and so sweet! Thanks for sharing your techniques, i want to draw now! Have a lovely weekend!

Jean Berryessa said...

Thanks for sharing. I have not used that medium.
Love all your work.

Lori Saul said...

You have inspired me to do more journal work with these awesome pages-wow!

Margik said...

Your work is so lovely!

Down by the sea said...

I love the colours you use. Your video makes it look so easy. Sarah x