Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Water-soluable pens

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!


Charlotte (MotherOwl) said...

You're great. I like your drawings. And water brushes -- just one of those ingenious things -- when you see them you just think: I want one!!! (I never saw one before).

Mary MacArthur said...

Thank you! It is very neat--one of my coolest art purchases I think!