Thursday, August 30, 2012


I finally finished the August challenge on Limor1278 Mixed Media Art Group.  This month it's about Faber Castell Design Memory Craft.  I love the Artist Pens. They are permanent india ink pens and I can watercolor over the drawing without running ink.  They are my favorite.  I am going to try rouging over the ink next and I will let you know.  Actually, the Artist Pens are the only Faber Castell Design Memory Craft product that I own.  I would love to try the Gelatos  and Big Brush Pens!  Below are the details of my project for this month.

I started with creating the floral image on the right of the page and penning it with the Artist Pens XS.  I then went around the page with an outline to give me a border.

Next, I just started to watercolor.  I tried my new watercolors and even though I still have a lot of practicing to do, I really like them.  The only thing I did not like was the paper. I used Mixed Media 98# paper.  Although, it is smooth for the pen work, the pilling was immediate.  I did a water wash for the sky and I could not get my color on the page before the pilling started.  I will definitely need to find a smooth 140# watercolor paper for my future work.

So, not wanting to start over on a heavier paper, I worked around the paper and continued to paint.  All the watercolor was done without the use of masking medium, so you will see some slight bleeding here and there.  I left it over night to dry.  Then I went back and added some stamped butterflies and a bird.  I colored the butterflies with distress ink Peacock Feathers and some more watercolor.  The white on the butterfly wings is gesso.

I decided that I wanted to add a tag with a stamped sentiment on the left of the page. So I colored the tag with distress inks Spiced Marmalade and Peacock Feathers.  Then I stamped a Tim Holtz sentiment.  I used one of my stencils with the Artist Pens Brush to create the flowers on the edge.  Really cool effect. I will definitely be using the pens with my stencils in the future.

I finished the page by going around the border with the Artist Pens S to make the border line stand out more.  I finished the flowers with grey watercolor in the daisies and used the Artist Pens to make some dots around the centers of the flowers.  I added the clouds with white gesso.  I also added touches of black with the Artist Pens to the butterflies and the bird which was stamped with Black Stazon.

I hope you have enjoyed my walk through for my page.  I really loved the way the Artist Pens work with watercolor.  I will be exploring more of this in my daily journal.  As I said previously, I will also be experimenting with the Artist Pens with some pen & ink rouging. 

Hope everyone had a glorious August and will have a blessed September.  I love fall, so I am ready for cool weather!

Enjoy & God Bless!

1 comment:

Limor Webber said...

awesome, awesome!!! Love it!