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 YouTangle.art 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!