Orchard in Metallic Pen

Artwork: Brea Reese Metallic Pens in a Hahnemühle Black Book.

This is a piece that I did over a year ago, and then promptly lost before I could scan it.

I found it the other day while looking for something else I lost. That I never found. Do you suppose it will show up in a year or two?

Desert Highway in Watercolor Creams

Artwork: Zebra PM-701 & Brea Reese Watercolor Creams on Hahnemühle Cold-Press Expression watercolor paper

On Sunday, I shared a painting I did using Brea Reese watercolor Inks that I won a while back. Actually the prize package I won had several items – the watercolor inks, metallic pens, a waterbrush, and the watercolor creams that I used to color today’s artwork.

Watercolor creams? I wasn’t sure what they were either.

You may be familiar with Faber-Castell’s Gelatos or Ranger’s Distress Ink Crayons. These are similar.

They are sort of a cross between a watercolor and an oil pastel. A waxy stick that you apply to paper like a crayon, leaving a thick layer of color.

Then you use water and brush to spread the color or you can just mash it into the paper with your fingers.

It’s honestly not my favorite method of coloring. Nothing against the medium itself – we just don’t speak the same language. Still it’s fun to try something different once in a while. I’m wondering if these would be good for sgrafitto.

Deer Dog

Artwork: Deer dog-Zebra PM-701 & Brea Reese Watercolor Inks on Hahnemühle Expression Cold-Press watercolor paper.

I won some Brea Reese watercolor inks a while ago, along with some other things. Sooner or later, I’ll get a full review written up.

The Screaming Hairy Alebrije – Pencil to Paint

The Screaming Hairy Alebrije adds a little extra to his protection routine. Like all armadillos, he rolls into a ball when threatened. Due to his glittering colors, he then resembles a disco ball ,and his enemies cannot resist dancing until they run away. He is seldom attacked by the same enemy twice, because, really. Who dances to disco these days?

The armadillo has pretty simple shapes – a triangle head and half-circle body, so drew him freehand, adding the most important detail such as the eye, and where the thickest bands are.

I didn’t have to overthink the patterns, because nature has already added that for these guys. I went with heavy shadows and thick lines – a .5 nib technical pen for sure!

I’m still playing with the Brea Reese Watercolor Inks. This time I just used the bottled inks, pouring a little bit into plastic dishes and picking the color with a waterbrush.

The colors are glitter pink, glitter gold, blue Lake, kelly green and neutral gray. The Brea Reese golds tend toward the green. The colors are brighter than they appear in the scan. The glitter throws off the scanner.

Years ago, I found a set of plastic hors d’oeuvre dishes at Bimart for a dollar and they come in so handy for this kind of thing. Unless I manage to crack to many of them, there were enough in the set to last me forever.

You can buy Hahnemühle Rough Watercolor Postcards at these places:

You can buy Zebra Zensation Technical Pens here.

You can buy Brea Reese Watercolor Inks here:

Bubble-wrap Sheep – Pencil to Paint

Done as a Postcard for the Lunchbag and for the Doodlewash Prompt ‘Bubbles’.

The bubble-wrap sheep was bred in an effort to produce a cheaper, lighter wool. The project failed because animals would attack the sheep so they could listen to the popping sound the wool made when it was bitten. Believe it or not!

This drawing had simple shapes, so I free-handed all the way. I used a photo by manfredrichter at Pixabay as a reference for the overall shape.

I had to punch up the scan so you could see the pencil. I’m not sure why it looks like it has yellow all over it. It doesn’t, and in real life the pencil lines are very light. You can really see the Hahnemühle Rough Postcard texture here. It isn’t quite so in your face in real life.

I used my trusty Zebra Zensations Technical Pen .5 nib size. I planned to color with a medium I had never used before. I made the lines heavy, in case the color was very dark and didn’t do any shading so that I could experiment more with the medium.

The new medium I used were Brea Reese ink-filled watercolor brushes. They came in a set of three: Violet, Medium Magenta, Lake Blue. You just pull off the cap and brush the color on, just like you were using a waterbrush.

For the grass, I used Brea Reese Kelly Green and Glitter Gold from the bottle.

I don’t think they were the best match for this paper. I love the colors, but it was a bit difficult to cover an area without getting too dark, because of the texture of the postcard.

To tone the color down, I grabbed a Uniball Signo Broad White gel pen and added some white. These pens are excellent for adding white, but on these intense ink colors, some of the color bled into the white. I was able to get much lighter magenta, lighter blue and lighter violet, but not true white.

I wasn’t able to get the face the way I wanted it, but that’s what happens when you try something new. The best way to learn how something works though is to jump in and use it. Now I know how to get what I want the next time.

You can buy Hahnemühle Rough Watercolor Postcards at these places:

You can buy Zebra Zensation Technical Pens here.

You can buy a Uniball Signo Broad White gel pen here.

You can buy Brea Reese Inks here:

Tuesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published  on Tuesday & Saturday.

Quilladoodle-Brea Reese Metallic pens & Uniball White Gel Pen on Hahnemühle Bamboo Mixed Media paper




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Tangle All Around Zentangle Group Challenges

Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus

I am the Diva Weekly Challenge 

Pattern Videos

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Saturday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways

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Artwork done with Brea Reese Metallic pens & Uniball White Gel Pen on Hahnemühle Bamboo Mixed Media Paper



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