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Table of Contents:

  • Using Real Brush Pens with Water
  • Water Brush Pen Basics
  • Using Real Brush Pens without Water
  • Combining 2 Real Brush Pens
  • FAQ

Real Brush Pens – Unleash Your Creativity

Real Brush Pens are revolutionary ink-based markers that feature bristle tips, offering a versatile painting experience. Unlike traditional markers or pens, these brushes mimic the effect of actual brushes, allowing artists to achieve stunning watercolor effects without the hassle of paint tubes or water cups. With Arteza Real Brush Pens, you can effortlessly create art wherever you go, be it in the comfort of your own home or out in the world. These dynamic tools are ideal for painters, sketchers, crafters, letterers, and colorists.

Expert Tips: Using Real Brush Pens with Water

To create breathtaking watercolor effects, start by selecting your desired color. Dip the brush halfway into the water, fully submerging the flexible nylon tip for a brief moment (no longer than one second). The intensity of the color will depend on the amount of water used. For a delicate, transparent effect, leave the brush in the water for a longer duration. Don’t be afraid to experiment with varying amounts of water to achieve unique shades. A vast array of colors awaits your artistic exploration!

Remember, avoid leaving the brush pen in water for too long, as this may cause excessive transparency. If you notice the water becoming excessively colored, it means your pigment has diluted too much. It’s better to add more water using the water brush pen later, rather than losing all your pigment in the dipping cup.

Celeste, a professional artist, suggests a technique of drawing by slightly “rubbing” the marker onto the paper. With time, the pigment will become more saturated, allowing for seamless tone transitions.

Unlocking the Potential: How to Use Water Brush Pens

There are three options for utilizing water brush pens:

Option 1: Customize Tones on the Palette

Use the Real Brush Pen to apply the desired marker color onto a palette. Then, employ the Water Brush Pen to blend and create stunning watercolor effects. This technique gives you complete control over the tonal variations in your artwork.

Option 2: Painting with the Water Brush Pen

Surprisingly, you can directly paint with the water brush pen. To achieve the desired shade, apply different colors to your palette and effortlessly blend them using the water brush pen. This method produces delicate and light shades. You can repeatedly dip the water brush into the color on your palette, building up layers of color as you go.

Option 3: Wet Backgrounds with a Dry Real Brush Pen

First, wet the background of your artwork using the water brush pen. Once the paper is damp, apply a dry Real Brush Pen to fill in the finer details of your drawing using a single color. As you layer different colors, similar to traditional watercolor paintings, you’ll witness the magical blending and flowing of colors on the wet surface.

Remember not to apply excessive pressure when using the brush pens. Apply them with a light hand to maintain control and preserve the brush tip’s longevity. With proper care, these versatile tools will accompany you on your creative journey for a long time.

Celeste recommends creating a transparent glaze by lightly spreading a barely noticeable color over your canvas. Dilute the color on the palette before brushing it over the entire surface of your paper, achieving a beautiful effect.

Embracing Simplicity: Using Real Brush Pens without Water

If you prefer not to use water, Real Brush Pens can still produce exceptional results. Explore the following options:

Option 1: Direct Application on Paper

Begin by drawing directly on the paper, getting accustomed to the brush’s bristles as they interact with the surface. Experiment with different shapes, color combinations, and various brush strokes. The longer and more flexible the bristles, the more diverse the effects you can achieve.

Option 2: Creating Textured Effects

For textured effects, press the brush tightly against the paper, ensuring it lies as flat as possible. Then, sweep the brush across the surface, revealing the texture of the paper. The grainier the paper, the more pronounced the effect. This technique is particularly useful for backgrounds or adding intricate details to illustrations.

Option 3: Combine Dry Brush Pens with Pre-Wetted Backgrounds

Moisten the desired area with water before using a dry Real Brush Pen to create your artwork. Start by filling in the intricate sections of your drawing with a single color. Just like with traditional watercolor painting, you can layer additional shades to achieve various effects. As the paper remains wet, the colors will blend and flow beautifully, enhancing your composition.

Avoid exerting excessive pressure when using the brush pens on paper. This will help maintain the integrity of the brush tip, prolonging its lifespan. Approach the brush pens as you would a regular watercolor paintbrush.

Celeste suggests utilizing the entirety of your Arteza Real Brush Pens to draw intricate details. The flexible brush tip allows for fine lines, with varying degrees of thickness based on the pressure applied. You can bring life to elements such as eyes, lips, hair, animal fur, or small landscape details. The possibilities are endless! Explore the vast potential of this versatile tool.

Unleash Your Creativity: Combining 2 Real Brush Pens

For a stunning gradient effect, combine two contrasting colors, such as yellow and emerald. Run the lighter shade over the brush tip of the darker color. The brush will pick up the ink from the darker shade, creating a smooth transition of colors. You can then use this gradient effect in your painting, adding depth and visual interest. Real Brush Pens can be easily mixed on a palette using a Water Brush Pen or a pen with a different color. Remember to rinse Real Brush Pens if the brush becomes dirty from a different color.

Avoid mixing complementary tones, as they can create dull and muddy hues. Complementary colors are those positioned opposite each other on the color wheel, such as red and green. Mixing complementary colors results in a grayscale effect. For vibrant and harmonious blends, stick to colors that are closely related or adjacent on the color wheel.

Celeste offers an additional tip: apply a dark tone on wet paper. While the paper is still damp, lightly brush a lighter paint color over it. Witness how the dark pigment radiates, allowing you to create stunning textures, patterns, or simulate incident light, just like with traditional watercolor techniques.

Happy Creating!

As artists, we thrive on exploring new tools and stepping out of our comfort zones. One day, you might find yourself decorating your daily planner, and the next, breathing life into a black and white portrait using charcoal. Perhaps you’ll immerse yourself in painting your favorite anime character using acrylics. We genuinely hope Arteza Real Brush Pens find their place in your artistic toolbox, especially if you’re a beginner searching for watercolor pens. With their soft tips and exceptional flexibility, these brush pens enable you to effortlessly achieve a wide range of strokes. The water-soluble ink is washable, and the pens are available in an extensive selection of Arteza watercolors. Now, blend, paint, and create to your heart’s content!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What type of paper should I use?
A: We recommend using Arteza 9×12″ Watercolor Pads. Their texture enhances the paint application, resulting in vibrant colors, especially if you use Real Brush Pens without water.

Q: How can I draw a background with Real Brush Pens?
A: The best approach is to utilize the wet-on-wet technique. First, create a border of about 1-2mm using washi tape or painter’s tape along the edge of your watercolor paper. Once the background is dry, use your brush pen to add details and depth to your artwork.

Q: What’s the best way to draw intricate details with Real Brush Pens?
A: While Real Brush Pens can be used for drawing details, if you’re working on very small elements, we recommend extracting the color from a Real Brush Pen and applying it to a palette. Then, use a thin brush to draw the details using the color you’ve prepared on the palette.

Q: I’m a beginner. Is there anything else I should know?
A: Celeste recommends testing colors on a separate piece of paper before applying them to your artwork. Creating color swatches allows you to understand the shades better. Additionally, when mixing colors, it’s advisable to combine neutral colors with other neutrals and warm colors with other warm shades. You can also mix colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. Avoid mixing more than three colors to maintain color vibrancy and clarity.

Alexia Young

Hello and welcome to the world of Alexia. I am a passionate and dedicated artist who loves to create beautiful, mesmerizing art for everyone's walls. I believe in the importance of encouraging people to express their creativity and be happy.

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