Thursday, May 17, 2012

the beauty of pen and water

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I am often asked what kinds of supplies I use and while other artists and crafters may love collecting all of the latest and greatest materials- I actually prefer to limit my supplies. When given the challenge of " how creative can you get with not much" I tend to become the most inspired! A few of my favorite supplies are a water soluble pen (any kind), a brush and a little water. These simple materials will go a long way in sketching and are perfect when you don't have the time or space to use paint.


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If you are limited with time or space to create I have found over the years that a pen or marker that will dissolve with water (anything not permanent) is a great tool to have on hand. I used to carry a few pens, a pad of paper and a little brush to work and when nobody was looking or when things were slow I would create fast little paintings with my pen and a brush!


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A line on a page is just a line...
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But when you add water you can dissolve that line and pull away pigment to use for shading. Before you know it you can create beautiful sketches and paintings with just two supplies!


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I typically start with a line drawing. I use both light/airy lines and bold lines throughout my sketch.

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Then I use my brush to dissolve those lines (much of the time I use a water brush), I pull pigment away and then use that pigment to shade, add contrast and bring my line drawing to life.


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After a little practice it becomes an easy alternative for paint!

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25 comments:

  1. very nice effect!!! I am going to try it... thanks for the suggestion ♥
    have a nice day.

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  2. I'm certainly going to try it! Thank you for sharing this :)

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  3. Now this is something my sick ole self could do tomorrow to get over the "after the wedding hangover".

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  5. This is so beautiful! I love how you can use so little and make such a BIG effect! Lovely drawing! I just bought that type of pen, I think I'll have to try this out.

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  6. you make it look easy. i love the way you share...

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  7. beautiful!

    i have a question...i checked out your studio sale and there is a pouch i would love to purchase, but it says it's temporary unavailable...does that mean it has sold? or that it will be for sale? it's the one with the large orange LOVE. if it's for sale i would like to purchase it.

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  8. Now this is something I could end up doing. I always wondered what brush you used.

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  9. I love those water brushes!!! I discovered them a while back and now use only those whenever I paint (I paint very little but you've given me the incentive to try my hand at it harder)

    I've seen you do this in some of your photos in your blog, but haven't tried it as of yet, but it could be an alternative in terms of things to bring with you when travelling, a sketchbook, a few small markers and the water brush.... now if only I could draw well... will try to though!!

    once again, Alisa, MERCI!!! (thank you)

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  10. I have the tendency to hoard supplies and then I seem to only want to work with my fave few. I am trying to pair down my supplies and only keep what I know that I will use. this post is an inspiration to keep doing that. I think it is beautiful.

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  11. Thank you for this beautiful way of art :)

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  12. what size water pen do you use?

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  13. Ilike the look! I have a water soluble pencil but the boldness of the black pen is nicer. I'll have to look for one.
    Thanks!

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  14. How simple and effective! Gorgeous designs as always.

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  15. Thank you for the tutorial Alisa! You get such wonderful depth and shading with your use of water, that I am going to have to try that out. I am not much of a draw-er but I think I can do this. I love the simplicity of it!

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  16. The waterbrush is genius and your sketches lovely

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  17. thank you for sharing !!!!

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  18. It's beautifull !! I'll try this way of creating !! (sorry for my english, i'm French )

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  19. Wow what a fantastic idea, thanks so much for sharing.I'm always looking for new arty ideas and this looks amazing, I am definitely going to try this one!
    Pen xx

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  20. wwaauw! Beautiful blog! (: xx http://jelijnsaskiadesign.blogspot.com/

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  21. Is the water soluble pen you're using in the picture a pilot fineliner?

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  22. I tried this a few months back and had a GREAT time. Who knew? Thanks so much!

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  23. I must say that you are one of the best teachers I've ever met ...!!!you make tough things so easy that a non artist would love trying their hands on drawings !!! love your technique !

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  24. Anonymous5:11 PM

    my search for "water soluble pens" did yield any results….is there a specific brand name or store that you get your pen at?

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