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-- 04 March, 2006 --

Watercolour brushes

Work or Play?
Sepia ink & mapping pen on Moleskine
Art Kure watercolour brush wash

I got into a discussion on the Everyday Matters Yahoo Group about the use of watercolour brushes. My contribution was about the Art Kure brushes that I picked up in Creations in Porthleven in Cornwall during our last trip to the UK. Having sounded off about this impulse buy, I was asked about the characteristics of result.

This quick sketch in my Moleskin began as a test of another impulse buy of a dipping pen and some sepia ink. I coloured the interia with a wash done with three of my watercolour brushpens, diluted with the waterbrush which came with one of the kits. I wet the area first, then dabbed on the colour and, finally, spread it with the waterbrush. They are very easy to use and did not use a lot of pigment to achieve this effect. They are a convenient way of carrying around some watercolour.

Obviously the traditional Moleskine paper is not an ideal surface for watercolour so it needs more testing on some watercolour paper. My visual haiku of Meg was on watercolour paper but it was done with raw pigment straight from the watercolour brushpen without any dilution. You can judge for yourself.

Posted by robynls at March 4, 2006 1:42 PM


Waterrcolour is a beautiful, sensitive medium, and your use of these pens, especially in your visual haiku of Meg, proves that in the right hands, they are every bit as loose and creative and sensitive as other forms of watercolour.

Posted by: Blue at March 5, 2006 6:28 PM

Testing various wet mediums on the slick pages of a Moleskine is a challenge in itself, isn't it!?! The "visual haiku of Meg" drawing is fabulous!

Posted by: Linda at March 6, 2006 10:26 AM

I like watercolor but I prefer ink...

Posted by: fin at March 9, 2006 7:28 AM

My Mum lives in Helston near Porthleven in Cornwall. If you like watercolour you must see my watercolour club blog http://watercolourclub.blogspot.com you wont regret it.



Posted by: John Salmon at March 9, 2006 9:38 AM

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