I love drawing my illustrations with pen and watercoloring them. I also love watercoloring my florals and then giving them a pen outline. While using Watercolor and pen together there a few key points you need to follow and I’ll explain them below!
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What pens to use with watercolor?
Black pens come in two kinds- one with an oil based ink and an other water based ink. Some pens might have a hybrid ink that has some water properties- but we will treat them as a water based ink itself here.
Oil based pens will not bleed at all with watercolors. Water based pens will bleed and spread just like a watercolor.
Do you ink before or after watercolor?
This is a personal preference. You can ink before or after watercoloring. There are pens that will allow you to do both.
Personally, I try to ink before watercoloring. The main reason for this is time.
If you watercolor first, you need to wait till the watercolor dries on the paper completely before coming back and outlining with ink. Whereas, if I outline first, I can paint over it almost immediately as the pen dries on the paper super quick compared to watercolor.
What do you use to outline a watercolor?
For Pen first, Watercolor second: Use an oil based pen like this MONO Twin Permanent Marker
For Watercolor first, Pen second: Use any black pen. I like using fine tipped MONO Drawing Pens or the MONO Twin Permanent Marker too. Make sure your paper is completely dry to the touch before outlining!
Can you erase pencil under watercolor?
Sometimes, yes. I find that I can often erase pencil lines from under my watercoloring. But not all the time. This mainly depends on the pigmentation of your watercolors and the paper quality of your sketchbook.
If you can, you should make it a practice to erase all of your pencil lines after inking and before watercoloring.
Can you use watercolor over pen?
Yes. You can watercolor over pen as long as you are using an oil based black pen. My most used oil based black pen is this MONO Twin Permanent marker.
Watch my start to finish YouTube video:
Click the video box below or here Tombow Brush Pen art. Here I use an oil based pen, draw my illustrations, erase the pencil marks and then watercolor over them using brush pens.
My most used supplies for Watercolor and pen:
My favorites are a mixed media sketchbook along with these pretty Dual brush pens + MONO Twin Permanent marker. Exact products linked below image.
More Watercolor and pen examples:
- BOTANICAL WATERCOLOR TUTORIAL: HOW TO PAINT A DOLL’S EYE PLANT
- MONOCHROMATIC FLOWER PAINTING TUTORIAL + VIDEO
- EASY WATERCOLOR PEN FLOWERS: STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL
- WATERCOLOR CRAYON RESIST: THE EASIEST + CHEAPEST MASKING TECHNIQUE THERE IS
- HOW TO PAINT A COLORFUL WATERCOLOR STATE ART VIDEO
Hi I’m Smitha! I live in Minnesota with my husband and two daughters. You’ll always find me painting florals in my sketchbook. And I love the sheer joy of making something with just my hands! But my bigger love is capturing it all on camera Read more.
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