V is for Violet

#DoodlewashJanuary2022 Prompt: Violet.

Did you know there is a chemical (ionine) in violets, that lessens your sense of smell temporarily? That’s why you can smell a violet’s scent for a moment and then it seems to go away.

This painting was a real challenge. First, when I got to the prompt, I realized that there were no purples of any kind in the pens I was using. They don’t blend too well unless you get them wet. These pens will let you do that, but the ink dried darker than I expected.

Luckily, I had a Titanium White watercolor stick on hand and I used it to add a sort of filmy white, making my violets less of a blob, and adding some depth.

The second problem happened because I startle easily, I was inking in the ‘V’, when the phone rang and I went totally off track. That’s why there is small violet sprout in my ‘V’.

  • Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook
  • Kuretake Real Clean Color Brush Pen
  • Kuretake Cambio Tambien Brush Pen
  • Kuretake Mangaka Flexible pen
  • Daniel Smith titanium white watercolor stick
  • Pixabay reference photo from AnitaBozic.

January Doodlewash Prompts


  • To find a list of dealers, who carry Hahnemühle products in the U.S. and Canada, go here

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Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pens. I'm a self-taught artist who dances about with all sorts of artistic mediums. My main loves are Watercolor, Zentangle and Ballpoint pen. The subjects of my work are many and varied and change at whim. I'm a little bit crazy, but doesn't that come with being an artist? At my Life Imitates Doodles Blog, I post a list of resource links for Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways two times a week. I also write reviews, hold giveaways and share my art work.

4 thoughts on “V is for Violet

    1. Just go to any site that sells Daniel Smith (Amazon, Walmart, etc.) and search on Daniel Smith watercolor sticks. They’re really just another form of watercolor paint, but with a binder that makes them kind of like a pastel. Ideally, you run a wet brush over the stick, or rub the stick over wet paper to use. But if you only need just a little color, then you can use them dry. You don’t want to overdo it though.

  1. Girl, you had me at purple! 💜💜💜 Had you not mentioned your reason for the violet inside the V, I would not have noticed anything different about it. It’s a gorgeous and happy accident. 💕

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