Saturday, February 18, 2012

Adding Watercolor to Pen and!

Hearts and Flowers
Mixed Media
Watercolor + Ink

After spending time looking at a lot of inspiration on Pinterest, I got the urge to work with watercolor and pen and ink. I recently ordered some new Grumbacher pan watercolor paints. So I played around with a pen sketch using my Sakura Ink Drawing Pens and added some watercolor. (I love to do creative doodles!) I just purchased some Strathmore mixed media paper, so I wanted to try it out. I was given some samples last year and I really liked it. What I really liked is how it took both the pen and ink and the watercolor.  So I will be ordering more of that paper. I like that it comes in a wide range of sizes from small tablets up to large tablets. I also want to purchase more pan watercolors. The Strathmore paper held up much better than the second image shown here.
Mixed Media Paper

The second image was done with the same pen and ink and watercolor but on a different paper.  It was done on bristol paper, which is good for pen and ink, but it did not hold up as well to the watercolor. The paper ended up wrinkling up while it was wet, which cause the paint to run in places. But I already had the pen and ink sketch on the paper and thought I would give it a try. But this just reminded me that the paper choice is very important when using a water media.  
HeartHomes by the Sea
I really had fun playing with it and will definitely buy some good watercolors and more mixed media paper.



  1. I love these Bethie! They are so you. Keep doing these...."happy" oozes out of them. Hugs.

  2. Thanks Cindy! Hugs back at you!

  3. These look like you had so much fun doing them. I expecially like all the patterns in "Hearts and Flowers".
    I want to get some of that mixed media paper and experiment too! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thank you Barbara! It was fun to do and you should try the mixed media paper. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Oh what fun! These are so cheerful they make me want to sing a happy little song. You are such an inspiration. Have a great day, Connie :)


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