Thursday, June 25, 2015


I drew the next hydrangea painting using one of my photos as reference.

Then I saw Carol King paint pansies using a technique shared by Karlyn Holman on YouTube (see Carol's blog for the painting she did and the link to Karlyn's video).  

With this technique, you draw using the black Elegant Writer calligraphic pens because the ink bleeds out into colors when you touch the lines with water.  

So I thought, "Well, why not try it with this hydrangea?  If it doesn't work, I can go back and do it again with watercolor."

So that's what I did.  

This is on a half sheet of watercolor paper but the right edge is cropped off so it is actually

15" x 17.5"
Arches 300# cold press paper

Next step = put the watercolor on after the paper dries.  This makes the painting a mixed media painting but who cares if it looks good!  I had heard about using these pens before but it was "in one ear and out the other" so it never stuck how I was supposed to use them.  I just had them and have always used them for saying in homemade cards :)

The Elegant Writer markers come in many colors - I have some blue ones and a couple of red ones and a brown one...wonder what colors they would bleed out to or if black is the color of choice when using it this way.  (You can buy them at an art supply store or any craft store that sells calligraphy materials, like Hobby Lobby or Michaels.)

Nota bene:  I did spray mist the paper when I had the shadow colors on by bleeding out the Elegant Writer pens, like Karlyn says will set the ink and keep it from bleeding out - it still bled a bit as I was putting on the watercolor pigment but not too much.  Guess I didn't spray enough or leave it long enough?


Tinna Sjoeberg said...

Hi Rhonda, this is just beautiful!
It took me so long to write here,
because I was watching several videos
about this first :D
Have to give that a try myself!

Have a beautiful day!
Tinna ✐

CrimsonLeaves said...

I too think this is just beautiful!

Lorraine Brown said...

great result Rhonda said...

Hi Rhonda, Really cool so far. I like what you've done with the hydrangea and the elegant writer. I can't wait to see what's next.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Tinna. Try this technique and show it on your blog - it's fun and leaves a very clean look. I added watercolor, but you could add colored pencil, crayons, etc...

Thanks, Sherry and Lorraine :)

Carol, thanks for sharing the video and your take on this one - loved the little pansies you did which looked so pretty and lively.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

very pretty :) love using pens that bleed with water, can add such a interesting look to a piece :)

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, Jennifer Rose :) I don't use them but saw this on another blog and had the pens so wanted to try it. I think it could be a good addition to sketching but I like my watercolors less outlined, I guess. Still, everything has its place! Have a wonderful Sunday.

Debbie Nolan said...

This is certainly stunning- Going over to visit Carol's blog. Thank you for the link.