Tea Party – Pencil to Paint


My Cat Dreams in Blue Tea Pencil to Paint tutorial can be found here.

Artwork-Zebra Pen Metallic & Mildliner Brush Pen and Tea on Hahnemühle Britannia Cold Press Watercolor paper

Doodlewash prompt: Drinks.

Tired I was and I wanted to art, but I didn’t want to expend much effort on it. I had just finished drinking some Rooibos tea, so I decided to see what it would do on paper.

Not too much, as it turns out. Perhaps, if I let the bag steep longer … that’s my next experiment! The Britannia white paper turned a pinkish tan. I wanted some ‘mild’ colors to go with it.

I received some Zebra Pen Mildliner brush pens for my birthday. They’re actually double-ended pens with a bullet-tip at one end and a brush pen on the other. The colors are Mild Pink, Mild Yellow, Mild BlueGreen, Mild Blue, Mild Orange. They’re slightly fluorescent and I thought the colors would go well with the tea stain. I believe there are 15 colors altogether, but these are the five I have. They’ll be available in the U.S. in August.

The brush tip is the similar to the new metallic pens, which I love to pieces. You may have noticed with all the black paper drawings I’ve been doing with them. The mildliner tips seem a bit stiffer to me. They are slightly longer, so that may be the difference.

The Metallic nib is stained, but these brush pens are self-cleaning – that is if another color gets on them, you just scribble a bit on scrap paper, and the extra color comes off, though a stain may be left.

The trouble with Mildliners – whether the new brush tipped version or the highlighter version with bullet and chisel tip – is that they reactivate some inks. Even waterproof ones. For that reason, I did all Mildliner coloring first.

Oops! Almost forgot to scan the Mildliner stage. Luckily, I didn’t get too far with the Metallic brush pens before I remembered!

I didn’t have anything in mind, so I just colored in swirls and added some wording to try out the Mildliners.

With the Metallic brush pens, I outlined, added texture, shading and Tangle patterns Flukes, Knase, Wisket, Bales, and Yincut.

The picture needed some darker values, so I grabbed a technical pen and striped and shaded. As I started to add more, I looked and thought ‘Ooh! Interesting half and half effect between darker above and lighter below.

So I left it as was.

A nice relaxing time spent doodling!

Wanna buy some of these cool toys now?

Harney & Sons Organic Rooibos Herbal Tea, 20 Tea Bags

Hahnemühle Britannia watercolor paper

Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pens

Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pens

The wonderful Zebra Pen Mildliner Brush Pens

Zensations Technical pens (review)

13 comments

  1. Thanks for the fun tutorial. I love to see new art products and, the next thing you know, I own them! I love your arty brain, Sandra! Is there something special about that tea or will any tea stain well?

    1. Thank you, Pam! The teas do vary, but almost any tea will give you a stain. With white and green teas, it is very light. The darker teas give you everything from amber to a light walnut. Even good old Red Rose or Lipton works. I’m working on one now from a infusion (no actual tea leaf) that includes beetroot, and you get something similar to the rooibos but more pink. Expensive tea and I doubt I’ll buy more, but it was fun to try. The kitchen provides other possibilities too. Turmeric, saffron, boiled onion skins and I’m sure there are more that I’m not aware of.

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