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December 22, 2009


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I've been wondering how you use your watercolours and a pen/marker?? Whenever I mix these things the pen/marker runs into the watercolours (and I cry). When I use the pen first this happens whether I let it dry or not and when I use it the other way around I'm mainly too impatient to let it dry..


Horses are terrible to draw, but I think you drew it very nicely. Of course, it might have to do something with the fact that there are 2 halves to this horse..


Totally true.

Also Eline, it depends what kind of marker you use whether or not the marker bleeds with the addition of watercolor. Experiment.

Marc Johns

I'd like to be able to draw horses and other animals much better. But I don't have many ideas that involve horses, so I don't really need to be good at drawing them.

Eline, don't cry. The trick is to use waterproof pens and markers, and make sure your lines have dried nicely before applying watercolour. Also, when I apply WC I don't rub it in with the brush - there is very little friction, so I'm not really disturbing the ink much. One more thing - I use decent watercolour paper, which means I don't have to work to hard to get the paint to soak into the paper. I've been meaning to do a blog post one of these days about my process, but I'm not sure it'd be too terribly interesting.

marysia dilworth

Love what you wrote here and it's extremely true. all throughout high school i discovered i was very good at abstract art and combining writing with it so i stuck with it. until my last year in high school when my teacher told me to try and use other media, paint people, try other things! Honestly not a terrible idea, go figure i can paint people, but not faces, i can draw a lot more than i thought i could and i've learned to use a variety of media since then!

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