Arteza Fineliner Pens


A couple days ago, I was looking at the Arteza site online. Looking at their new brush markers and I came across something I had not thought about before.

Some time back I purchased this set of Arteza Fineliner Pens. I have used them to tangle with a few times, but this time looking at them online I noticed the words ‘water-based ink.’ And an idea blasted through my head. Yep! It really did!

Water-based means the color is not permanent. The color will move if you add water. Like a watercolor paint. Or like other pens I’ve played with – Tombows for example. So I grabbed a Tile from Hahnemühle and several of my favorite colors of these Arteza fineliners. I still needed to add the element of water so I also grabbed a water brush that I keep on hand. Already pre-loaded with water.

Not knowing if this would even work, I scribbled a blue circle on my tile. No precision, just scribbles. Who has time for precision anyway. Hahahaha!

Then I used my water brush and just went around the scribbles in a circle. A couple times around. I could see a little movement of color so I was encouraged.

This particular purple is really beautiful! I just repeated my experiment. Scribble round and round and . . .

. . . I used the water brush in circles as well. Round and round. That blue still wasn’t spreading much as I wanted it to. But I was already committed to this tile, so I continued.

I kept adding circles and ‘coloring’ them with the water brush. Some colors worked better than others. That red for instance. It started working almost immediately.

And I kept adding.

And I kept adding the water rings. But still I wasn’t getting as much movement of color as I had hoped for.

So I grabbed my spray bottle of water and blitzed the whole tile. And waited.

And I added even more water. At this point I really thought I’d end up tossing this tile in the trash. But I left it over night to dry and thought I’d decide the next day.

I was very pleased to see that all the water I added did not destroy the tile. Once everything dried, the tile was nice and flat and not puffy. And the color scribbles had spread and smoothed out and softened and I loved the color! Especially the second one on the bottom row – it separated out into a pinkish orange with some yellow highlights. Cool!

I figured I could use this tile for a day of The 100 Day Project! So I used my Technical Drawing Pens from Zebra Pen and began by placing circles inside the color rings. I wanted the color to frame the patterns.

I didn’t want to cover up too much of the color, so I went with a simple design to pull it all together. And I love it! These Arteza Fineliner Pens worked very well with this technique. Now to decide how I want to use them next. And you can bet it won’t be what they were designed for. Hahahaha! Tiles and other Hahnemühle products with links to purchase
Technical Drawing Pens from Zebra Pen
Arteza Fineliner Pens

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15 thoughts on “Arteza Fineliner Pens

    • very good! I’d love to hear how it works and what brand of fineliners you use. I guess I need to pull out my Zebra fineliners and give this a try 🙂

  1. Hmm – interesting they didn’t dissolve, I’d have expected them to be similar to the Tombows in behaviour. Just goes to show nothing like trying it out for yourself. I’m testing the different brands of pencils on 2 inch strips of paper/cardstock I own. All came about as I was making a Procolour chart on WH Smith (an ubiquitous UK stationery store) cardstock that I’d bought a new stock of – it’s not the same as the first lot I purchased & used, for this one seems coated. So – trying different papers, think I’ll have to do a Hahnemuhle & Zentangle HQ tile too. Have concluded that art supply brands must work to a particular standard for their paperwhereas a stationery store doesn’t always use the same manufacturer for the cardstock they sell. Now you’d better get a mug of coffee to recover from my ramblings……………….

    • hahahahaha! already had my morning coffee. I think you are probably correct about paper standards. art papers are held to specific standards. I doubt stationary is. it’s amazing how many different paper types, surfaces coatings there are.

  2. I do love the way you rescued the tile – just goes to show that ‘opportunities’ arise with perseverance.

    • it does, indeed. I really expected to be tossing the tile. I am happy I didn’t need to. I really it like it now

    • definitely. it should work with any water-based marker or fineliner. hopefully

  3. I love the beautiful soft results you get with this technique. I’ve found that if you blast the YouTangle tile hard enough and with enough water that sometimes you get color on the back as well. I love using it for bleedthrumanades.

    • I like to do that, too! this one didn’t really bleed through to the back very much. I am surprised.

  4. I’ve done this a few times – different water-based pens have more or less bleedability. The Marvy LePens seem to bleed the most for me. Another thing than can be fun, but perhaps better on a tougher surface than the Hahnemuhle is to wet the tile first then gently (so as not to score the tile) move the pen through – then it bleeds out into the water. Brush pens go crazy used this way and no scoring risk with them either!

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