Mixed Media Painting (Ink, Watercolor, Markers)

December 8, 2016

A few days ago I started doodling in my usual style – using a Rotring Isograph 1.0 mm technical pen on Winsor & Newton Bristol Board paper. I challenged myself to use only scallops – in various sizes, widths, heights, and with different decorations inside of them.

After a while I got bored with it and couldn’t help but add other non-scallop elements, though in retrospect I think it looks cool the way it was just with the scallops.

There are several ways that I deal with my impatience:

  • I do what I feel like doing, as in this case. I didn’t feel like drawing more scallops, so I switched it up.
  • I leave the work aside and come back to it later with fresh eyes and hopefully with more patience.
  • I push through in order to complete it anyway, because I know that in the end I’ll have a feeling of satisfaction for having finished it.

In this case, my impatience / boredom lead me to switch it up altogether, and rather than doodle over the whole page as I originally planned, I got out my watercolors and added some color in the blank areas of the page. That was a lot of fun and quite refreshing!

I find it worthwhile to use my tools (in this case: my watercolors) on different types of paper and for different types of paintings. Using watercolor on Bristol board feels different, and just because it was next to an ink doodle, different ideas and brush strokes emerged. That’s why I think it’s great to switch things up – try out different paper, different mark making tools, different colors. New things emerge when I do that, and I feel more free and less restricted, for some reason.

I love the abstract textures, transparencies, and hard lines that the watercolor created on this paper:

After the watercolor dried, I added some softer scallops using a Faber-Castell PITT Artist pen. For a finishing touch, I added some circles using a copper marker. I love the color of this marker but I don’t like its strong smell! That’s one of the reason I prefer water-based markers as opposed to alcohol or acetone based markers.

I wish I had kept the white border, but I ended up trimming it off because I accidentally stained it with watercolor. Next time, I’ll be more careful with my whites 🙂

If you’d like to see the process of making this mixed media painting start to finish, here’s the video:

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