HOW IT’S MADE: AS SEEN ON @MESSYEVERAFTER’S INSTAGRAM
As you know, I’m obsessed with line work and I am always trying to find the perfect tools for crisp lines. For this piece, I tested out a new gold ink that I have fallen in love with. It’s incredibly versatile and can be applied with a brush or a pen. You can buy single colors, or sets. I’d recommend a set as it’s a much better value.
MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES I USE:
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- Brea Reese Watercolor Inks
- Plate or palette with wells for mixing ink
- Watercolor Brush
- Finetec Artist Mica Watercolors: Arabic Gold (Amazon or Dick Blick)
- Speedball Sketch Pen Set (Amazon or Dick Blick)
- Canson XL Cold Press Watercolor Paper (Amazon or Dick Blick)
- Pencil and eraser
- Cut your watercolor paper to your desired size. For this piece, I cut down to 3″x3″. You can tape your paper down with masking tape to prevent warping, but I find this small size doesn’t warp much at all.
- Use a protractor or any cylindrical object and draw a light circle in the middle of your paper with a pencil.
- Deposit a small amount of each ink color onto your palette. Using your smaller brush, mix the deeper plum/purple shade first. Use a bit of violet and lake blue, and magenta. Mix together on your palette. You’ll want a bit more magenta to push the hue to the plum side.
- Using your bigger watercolor brush, lightly wet the entire circle with clean water.
- Work the ink into the bottom of your circle with your small brush. Then mix a new hue that is heavier on the violet and work into the bottom layer up into the middle of the circle.
- Clean your brush.
- Work lake blue into the upper section of the circle. Blend all of the layers together. Clean your brush when working from dark to light.
- Dab areas of the circle with a paper towel if you want to lift the ink for lighter areas.
- Let dry.
THE LINE WORK AND STARS:
- Use any of the pen tips in the Speedball set. I like the softer/pliable tips.
- Using a pipette or watercolor brush, put a little clean water onto the Arabic Gold pan. Use a harder bristled synthetic brush and rub the water into the surface until it starts to soften and liquify. You want to stir in water until the gold is like a thin paint or thick ink.
- Use the brush to deposit some of the ink onto your Speedball pen tip. Then, test out your ink and pen on a scratch piece of paper to get used to the feel. If the ink doesn’t transfer to the paper, try thinning it with more water, or deposit more onto the pen.
- Once you feel somewhat confident in your control of the pen, grab your completely dry paper. Starting from the base of the ink work, create geometric lines. You can use a ruler if you’re more comfortable with that, but you’ll have to wait for each line to dry completely before moving the ruler. I find it’s easier to free hand, but it can take some practice to get to that point.
- Once finished with the lines, add stars with your pen or a fine tipped brush.
- If your pencil outline is visible, use your eraser and clean up the edges once the gold ink is dry.
- And voila! It’s finished!
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