Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Firstly let me state that I am not an artist as the following pictures will attest!  I googled "simple line drawings" to get some ideas and just drew.  So if you're actually an artist, do try this pen as it's watercolouring possibilities are beautiful!

The Elegant Writer Calligraphy pen has the unique quality that it bleeds beautiful greys, pinks and mauve's when wet with water.  As I work on atc's which are small (2.5" x 3.5" or 6.4cm x 8.9cm), it can be quite a challenge to get much detail happening.  If you google Elegant Writer Drawings you'll see some absolutely amazing artwork that people product and they are all bigger than atc's!  So to work so small you need not much detail and more open areas to do the washes using an aqua brush or fine paint brush dipped in water.  

Some of the ones below I have then added colour after using Twinkling H2O's which are great for adding just a wash of colour to complement the grey etc that the Elegant Writer gives with just water.  If you blot almost immediately with a paper towel when you activate the line of the Elegant Writer pen, you'll get more of a colour change, this is when the pink and mauve colours show up.  Also I have heard that as the pen gets older and more used it is not so black to start with so that also alters the colours that it will bleed.  

I've also included down the bottom a drawing that I've done using just the pen with no water added (Dogs speak) and also some with the pen and just water, no other colours to give you an idea of how subtle the other pinks and mauve's are.

"Trees"... (I used Twinkling H2O's in
a pink and a purple to add
extra colour to this one)

"Falling"... (this one also has Twinkling H2O's, blue 
for the sky, a little gold down the bottom, brown on the 
branch and green on the leaves.)

"Dark side"... (Once again Twinkling H2O's 
in red and pearl for this one.)

"Wear my hair"... (No other colours on
this one at all, just the pen and water.  Like I said,
I'm not artist and this started out as a
girl and morphed into a man!)

"Dogs speak"... (This one has the dog and the speech
bubble drawn in the pen but no water added yet, he also needs
his teeth drawn in when the watercolouring bit has
been done.  You can go back and add details with a
permanent pen after it's dry!)

This is one of Tim's birds from the Ranger stamp set and
I wanted to show the girls you could actually stamp using a
pale grey ink pad, I used the Dove
Grey in Stazon but any pale grey waterproof ink pad would
work.  Then draw over the lines with the Elegant Writer
pen and colour in using the water!

This one also is just water.

Water only.

Water again.  This shows the pinks and mauve's well

1 comment:

Amira HandMade In Oz said...

Looking forward to this class Kelsey .. I love how much you can do with this pen...xx A