The butterfly and the J

This is a free colouring sampler page from Dover publications. I transferred it to cardstock paper (while simplifying it a bit), inked it and then used my markers for the blossoms, the leaves and the letter, and my watercolour pencils with my new waterbrush for the background.

Due to the fact that you can determine pretty well the amount of water in the waterbrush you can work with it on cardstock paper. I haven’t used my watercolour pencils for more than half a year and found out that I lack some violets – especially blue violets. Well, isn’t that a good reason to visit an artstore?

Playing with my stabilo Greens and the Waterbrush

A few days ago I treated myself to a waterbrush made by Caran d’Ache, and of course I had to try it out with my Stabilo 68 pens. I am quite excited about the waterbrush – I am definitely having more control . It is easy to handle.

The little red flower

Yesterday I bought a water brush and used it instead of a normal brush. I must say I’m quite pleased with it!

In this piece I used my stabilo 68 pens, some of my polychromos coloured pencils and – for the blue background – some watercolour pencils as well.

Fire and Ice

When I did this I had an image in my mind – red, hot lava running down the ice to the into the sea.

The Lady of the Sea


I’m still fascinated by my stabilo 68 pens. You can use them wet and dry. When using them wet it is a bit like using watercolour pencils with a brush – you have to be careful how much water you load on your brush. The more water you take on your brush the more are the single colours flowing into each other – which can be a nice effect if you want to create a background.

All colours of the rainbow

This painting has been done with Stabilo 68 pens used as watercolour pens. I watched a video a few days ago telling me that you could dilute the ink of the pens with water, and as I am a very curious person I just did that. The Stabilo 68 pens can be bought in almost every paper store here in Germany for a very reasonable price. I like the vivid colours you get when you wet them, and how you can vary the opacity.

I mixed the colours on the paper – however I heard about another method of colour mixing: use an acrylic surface, scribble on this surface and then use it as a kind of palette.

Happy Easter!

Today is Easter Sunday, and for me one of the colours of Easter and Spring is yellow. So I decided to do my own drawing and colouring with the colour yellow which ended in the flower you can see above. It is not a special flower – I must say I am not very good in botanical things – this is the symbol of a spring flower.

After having used markers and fineliners for a while I changed over to my watercolour paints. Some weeks ago I had watched my friend Günter coloring the second book of the “Schermützel” series – a book for small children with the big Schermützel monster being the hero. It is a nice monster who loves children and hates bad people. But I digress. I watched him colouring with watercolour paints for some time and the longer I watched the more I felt inspired to overcome my fear and try them for myself.

Today I did it, and I learnt that I could do it under the condition that I force myself to be patient, putting one layer slowly over the other. I am still not satisfied with the background (I hate backgrounds!), but other than that I feel that it is something to start from.


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