Colours and shapes. Work in progress

Colours and shapes. PITT artist brush pens on watercolour paper. Work in progress, October 2014

The wonderful thing with these brush pens is that you can create darker shades by simply layering them. The disadvantage is that you have to be very careful with your strokes when you don’t want shades or textures. I did quite a bit of a research about those pens in the last days, and many people prefer copics because these markers lay down a flat and even colour. As you can see the blue on the painting has got some texture – it reminds me of a kind of blanket with some folds in it, and I going to work on that some more.

I got an art store in Berlin which sells those pens cheaper if you buy ten of them. So I sat down, had a look at the colour chart and looked for 10 pens. What a decision! Well, I won’t go there before the middle of next week, so there’s always time to change the selection…

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Playing with PITT Artist Brush Pens

Abstract nature. PITT Artist Brush pens on drawing cardboard. October 2014

I bought some PITT Artist Big Brush pens quite some time ago, and didn’t really know what to do with them. They are markers filled with Indian ink and water. Some days ago now I got more information about them (accidentally watched a video showing what you can do with them) and yesterday, after having returned from my weekend in Buckow outside Berlin, could not resist the urge to take them out again and play with them. I found out some very interesting facts:

  1. The first thing which is different from alcohol markers like Copics or Shin Han Touch Markers is that they do not bleed. You can use drawing cardboard, which I did.
  2. The second thing is that you can shade by simply adding a second and third layer of the same colour.
  3. The colours are lightfast, whereas with copics and other alcohol markers they are not.
  4. When the ink has dried you cannot dissolve it with water. That means that you can use it as an underpainting for watersoluble media like watercolour pencils.
  5. You can get PITT Artist Brush pens in 60 colours, and the colour palette is the same as with the Faber-Castell Polychromos coloured pencils or the Albrecht-Durer watercolour pencils.

I must say that I’m quite fascinated by that medium, and I am looking forward to experiment with them and play some more!

Poppy

Poppy. Watercolour paints and watercolour pencils. October 2014

I like combining watercolour paints and watercolour pencils. In my opinion watercolour paints can be used for painting the first layer, as an underpainting for the watercolour pencils. They also can be used for glazing. Watercolour pencils are fine for adding texture to the painting.

Poppy – Work in progress

Poppy. work in progress.

Here I did several things for the first time:

  1. I used my home made light table to transfer my rough sketch onto a piece of watercolour paper.
  2. I used my watercolour paints and my watercolour pencils. I put on a layer of light yellow with watercolour paints (Schmincke Akademie) first and then painted with my pencils.
  3. I decided to add an abstract background formed by straight lines.

I am not sure where all that will lead me–but I am looking forward to the next opportunity to work on this painting!

Cute Kitty

Kitty. Watercolour pencils on drawing cardboard. October 2014

I had a rough sketch of this kitty, and wanted to try out my handmade lighttable in order to make a clean sketch out of it and place that on a sheet of drawing cardboard. So I put my two IKEA boxes on one side, my coffee table on the other side and placed a glass pane over them. I used one of my desk lamps as light source under the glass pane – and voila, I had a wonderful light table for the price of 5 Euros (this was the price of the glass pane I got at a charity shop round the corner).

Well, the combination looked as if it could be used as a light table – but did it really work? I fetched the paper with the sketch on it and a sheet of drawing cardboard. I now noticed that even for rough sketches I should use paper with a white backside–I had used a paper which had printed text on the back which now was a bit disturbing. However the tracing of my sketch went quite well, as you can see. I then went over the pencil lines with a staedtler pigment liner which is waterproof, erased the pencil lines and then had fun with my watercolour pencils.

The Halloween pear

Pear Halloween mask. Coloured pencils on watercolour paper. October 2014

This is the result of simply playing around. From a certain moment on the pear looked like a nose in such a way that I could not resist trying to create a face around it – or a mask. Whereas the pear has been painted with pencils on a wet paper, the background was done with pencil strokes wetted gently by a damp brush.There are two tiny spots where I applied one of my new aquamarkers, just to see what it would like.

Colourful pear

Watercolour pencilsl on wet watercolour paper. October 2014

When you wet the paper first and then go in with your watercolour pencils you get a wonderful intense and rich colour. You can even mix your colours on the paper. I experimented with going over a dark green with a yellow colour, and got a middle green.

The thing is only that your pencils will be melting like snow in the sunshine!

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