Tuesday, August 7, 2012
In Minnesota, I didn't have my markers, but I brought all the felt-tip pens that I usually use for outlining. Many of them are waterproof, but not the Stabilo ones. In the past this has annoyed me, because it means I can't use them if I'm going to go over the lines with ink washes. But now, it came in very handy. The pen tips are too fine to color areas with a smooth consistency. But with the Stabilo I could scribble in an area, then go over it with my Niji waterbrush and get a nice smooth wash. This also enabled new color mixing, and combined with watercolor, I could do all that I could with markers and more! But, it works differently on different papers. It blended most smoothly on Canson sketchbook paper, which I used with the above picture.
On computer paper, the water still spread a tone, but the original lines stayed clear. That too can be useful. Ah--all the different physical properties of substances interacting--I so love traditional art!